Homeschool Essentials

Whether unschooled or highly structured, religious or secular, all homeschools encounter the same challenges. All successful homeschools exhibit the same essential qualities. This weblog will help you understand and apply those qualities, minimize frustration, and enjoy more success sooner.

Monday, December 27, 2004

Three Crucial Skills Learned at Home

Most of us attempt to copy the school model at home because we've been schooled ourselves. Part of that schooling includes the notion that learning takes place, if not in a school building, at least in a schoolish fashion-- doing "assignments," memorization, drill-and- practice.

Robert Fulghum both dented and reinforced the school-as-temple-of-learning idea with his best seller All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, recently re-issued in a fifteenth anniversary edition with new comments by the author. It's a good book for homeschoolers if you recognize the basic fallacy of his book--he really learned most of it-- "share," "don' hit," and other useful notions-- at home, not in kindergarten. I've had the misfortune of teaching some of the children who didn't learn them until they came into the school environement.

Schoolish classrooms, in fact, teach just the opposite. Children not allowed to hit or be hit at home quickly learn both at school. Kids who wouldn't think of carving their names in their furniture incise their names in their desks. Words never spoken in their hearing at home became part of their vocabulary at school.

Fulghum, does, however, point to a large truth. All the really important things are learned in places other than school -- at home, at work, at church or synagogue.

Which brings me to three of the most crucial skills anyone learns. These skills are learned at home, before age five, and under the tutelage of amateurs. First, they learn to walk. Yes, walk.

Walking is a complex psycho-motor skill. If you don't think it's difficult, just ask an adult who has been injured so that they have to re-learn how to walk. Elderly people sometimes lose the power of locomotion, because of its physical demands. Walking is extremely difficult. Yet infants under two commonly learn how to do it, without the benefit of professional instruction. Indeed, when children learn to walk, most cannot understand spoken language, and cannot benefit from detailed instruction, examples, or coaching.

Understanding how children learn to walk sheds light on how they learn anything. When we learn how to approach other skills the same way we help our children learn to walk, we will be amazed at the results.

In the next blog, I'll look at the next crucial skill children learn. Compared to that primarily cognitive task, things like reading, calculus, particle physics are simple and easy. No, the next crucial skill isn't rocket science-- it's much more difficult than that.

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