My philosophy on education is that children are constantly learning just by living. We don't do school at home. We live life and fit the learning in around our schedule. One of the best articles I've ever read on the subject is Family Education by Lydia Sherman.
Bible, Math, Reading, and Writing are the focus of our studies and yet we have time to pursue interests, play, and live life. Their interests are varied: music, science, nature, music, Indians and history, art, baking, gardening, bird-watching, and much more that I can't think of at the moment. ::smile::
My children converse easily with both children and adults. Kendall (age 15) works part-time at a fast food restaurant and has opened his own savings account. The girls get a small weekly allowance that they can spend or save up for bigger purchases. Money management is so important to learn!
They have a few chores that must be done before they play or go off to do fun stuff. This is not tied to their allowance. They are part of the family and must do their share....mostly keeping their bedrooms and bathroom clean, helping to take care of our pets, taking out the trash, and anything I may ask them to do to help out.
My desire for my children is:
* for them to love the Lord
* practice the Golden Rule
* to love each other
* know the importance of home and family
* are well-rounded individuals
* self-directed learners
* passionate about life
Our motto is - Pursue Joy!