Makes me sad to realize how long it has taken me to figure this out.
Students learn everything we model, not just writing or copywork. They learn everything.
I had two students that struggled with organization. Two didn’t. I personally struggle with organization, but that didn’t seem to have had a negative impact on my naturally organized kids. So I assumed that my disorganization had no impact on any of my kids.
In stead of spending years trying to teach them to be organized, I have learned that I should have been trying to be organized myself. Duh, right?
I should have organized everything in our environment to help me first. Homeschooling 101, right? Well, I didn’t realize that initially, but I do now.
Today I am much more organized. And now that I am more organized, so are my kids! I do see it rubbing off on my kids when they’re home. They’re still here a lot! Yay!
The problem was me!
They really are watching and learning from us in all of the things we do, and not just the things we are teaching them.
I am pretty sure that I have heard other people say things like this before. Well, it didn’t really register with me until I saw it for myself. I kept trying to teach the right things to my kids when I should have been trying to model the right things for my kids.
They really are watching, learning, and imitating everything we do.
If I could change the past, I would have spent more time modeling life skills. Skills like organization, problem solving, decision making, etc.