Research: Jerome Bruns, author of “They Can But They Don’t,” argues that learning doesn’t have to be confined to the classroom or traditional worksheets, lectures, and homework. He’s a firm believer that kids are natural learners and that as parents we are their first and most influential teachers. The time we spend with them is simply irreplaceable. Spending time with them, observing and participating in their areas of interest, encouraging them without evaluating or pointing out their errors, and helping correct them in nonjudgmental ways are incredibly valuable learning opportunities.
Practice: Families who are new to Chrysalis may find themselves asking, what should we do with all this extra time that my child’s not in school?! Think of all the life skills your child will need in the future. They will need to cook, manage their finances, find their way around town, board a bus…it’s endless and learning is hidden in many activities. Cooking is math, TV sparks discussion, excursions are lessons in how to navigate the region, read maps, plan and organize an outing. Chores, PE, community service, times with family and friends, sports, and extra sleep are all valuable activities!