I got an email today from simple homeschool about remembering the basics as a spine for your homeschooling. Everything else? It's gravy. I struggle as every homeschooler parent does with the "what if" question.
- What if we're not doing enough?
- What if my children aren't being challanged enough?
- What if they decide to go to public school one day and they learn that I have handicaped them both socially as well as academicly?
- What if they can't ever get a good job or go to collage?
- What if I've ruined my kids by keeping them home?
- What if....What if.....What if....
"The bare minimum a family should do is to surround your children with literature and to do math at least once a week." ~Jena
"Education is not something which the teacher does, but a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being". ~Maria Montessori
So whats the minimum you need? What is 'enough'? Books to be sure. I don't think anyone would argue that having books (fiction & nonfiction) in your home is a good thing. It promotes literacy, it increases vocabulary and attention span, it prompts the imagination.
After that? I vote...
Craft supplies! All things can be accomplished with craft supplies. (including math) It provides endless entertainment, puppets for stories, hopscotch makings, things to count and cardboard numbers.
Remember the basics, everything else is just gravy.