Homeschooling my creative oldest child has been challenging.
I think it has been especially hard because I am a rule-following, box checker. I never sought to make our home like a school, but I still had expectations for how things should be done.
And my son didn’t follow my plan or fit into my mold.
I tried using a strict classical method with him. I figured out pretty quickly that I was going to have to relax or become a complete basket case.
So I relaxed… a little.
But I still argued with him over anything that involved drill or repetition. And writing anything down.
It was a constant battle.
One that I finally just backed off on. (mostly)
I often worry that I should have pushed harder.
Maybe I should have made him drill his math facts more. Maybe I should have pushed the Latin flash cards more.
Well, I didn’t so I don’t know how things would be different.
I do think that I backed off before totally destroying my relationship with my son. Maybe it wouldn’t have. I can’t say that for sure.
I didn’t require a lot time on our “official school”. He started spending a lot of time on the computer at an early age.
He taught himself a lot about graphics.
Then we bought him a very inexpensive video camera when he was about 10. He taught himself Windows Movie Maker and basic film editing.
We invested in more expensive software and more expensive camera equipment.
I’m amazed at what he has taught himself to do.
This is a video that he wrote, filmed, edited, and did all the animations by himself. He found the contest on-line, decided to enter, and spent a tremendous amount of time putting his entry together.
We don’t know the outcome of the contest yet, but this video is a winner regardless. I guess I didn’t do everything wrong after all.
By Kristen H.