Structure Time, Not Content
by: Kerry Beck
This past weekend I gave a
talk about Leadership Education.
As I was studying and preparing my talk, I was struck by the
importance of structuring the time for our kids to study, not
necessarily the content. Homeschool moms spend so much time worrying
about the content of their kids' studies when they could probably
spend less time worrying about the details and more time inspiring
kids to "own" their education for themselves. When we structure the
time to study, we encourage our kids to "own" their education.
For instance, we can allocate 3-4 hours daily for younger kids to
study and 6-10 hours daily for older kids to study. What they study
during that time period should somewhat be decided by YOUR kids. Let
them decide what they will study. If they are studying 8 hours daily,
5 days week for 4 years, they will put in 5000-8000 hours of study.
Don't you think they will cover all the basics (that grandma wants)
during that time? This will develop leaders and not followers who
simply do the assignments mom gives them.
© Kerry Beck, 2007
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Beck is a homeschool mom and wife! She is the author of Raising
Leaders, Not Followers, which encourages parents to train their
children to be leaders who lead wisely. She would like to give you a
free report about Leadership Education in Homeschool Curriculum