If you're like me you might feel the stresses of wondering if you've taught your children enough over the past school year. When I look back I know my children have worked hard in many different areas all year long. I know this because they have grown in the strengths that God has put into them. "Train up a child in the way he should go..." God has given each of my children strengths and it is my job to train them up in these areas. I was reminded of this recently with my son, while working on history. We have been studying the medieval time period using the curriculum I purchased a few years ago from "Beautiful Feet". My daughter loved every minute of it. She read every book, finished the research projects and completed the timeline. But my son has not enjoyed it the way his sister had. I have been reading the books along with him and helping him more than I needed to help my daughter. He confessed that he really didn't find it very much fun and I was sad that history wasn't exciting to him. Then I decided to work with his strengths. The lessons can be tweaked for every student. So I asked him what he would like to do to help him enjoy history more and he decided it would be fun to build a crossbow that was like the type the knights would have used in this time period. He loves wood working and he loves weaponry history so I agreed. This worked out wonderfully for him. I encouraged him to research the weapons of the time period as well as read, and design a plan before he could make the project. When he finished his crossbow he was thrilled. The best part was it really worked! He learned more with this hands on project than he would have by reading a story about it.
I have learned over the years that it is better to work with my children's strengths than to try to force them into a mold that they just don't fit into. Happy Homeschooling!
|The finished project.|