In the last post, I discussed our real-time classroom experience of ziplining through a Costa Rican rainforest and meeting other homeschool parents. I had the honor of receiving some valuable homeschooling tips from one of the parents in attendance, Julie Jackson. With over 23 years of homeschooling experience, she shared her philosophy of schooling, learning, and life with 3 basic strategies:
- ENTREPRENEURSHIP – Give them small jobs that makes them money where they learn responsibility and finances. This allows them to explore their passions and heart given talents
- BOOK WORK – Of course, sticking with the basics (reading, writing, and arithmetic) with a bit of book work is key. Focus on the basics, then let them use their gifts and talents to fill in everything else.
- SERVICE – Teach young minds compassion and respect for themselves and others by doing service projects both at home and their communities.
The biggest takeaway I received from our road trip learning experience in Costa Rica was this: EVERYTHING IS SCHOOL. I can’t teach my sons everything they need to know. However, if I can teach them to be life-long learners, to follow their passions, and that it’s OK to change course if necessary, then they will have the tools they need to succeed in life.