Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Ownership vs. Relationship

My new post is up over at Heart of the Matter. The title is Ownership vs. Relationship.

How do we strike a balance between maintaining relationship and giving our kids ownership of their work?

When I first heard about homeschooling after becoming a parent, I kept hearing that homeschooling is about relationship. To be honest, I really didn’t get it. Now that I’ve been homeschooling for five years, I understand it more. Homeschooling allows you to invest in the relationship between you and your child without all the distractions of being out of the house all day and doing hours of homework, in addition to all the other influences that vie for our children’s attention!

I subscribe to 4 homeschooling magazines. In at least two of the recent issues, there is an article about our kids having ownership of their work. I find in our school that things go better when my kids “own” what they are working on.

But how do we let our kids be independent learners and foster that ownership (giving up the micromanagement of their school day) and still maintain the relationship building that comes from homeschooling?



Katie said...

Great article.

Tracey said...

Hi Katie! You brown noser!

Heather, once again great!

Heather said...

Thanks girls!

Katie said...

Tracey is just jealous that I posted first! Ha! ;)