A man's heart devises his way: but the LORD directs his steps.
Our family spent the weekend at The Radisson in Rockford where our children participated in a Homeschool Science Fair for K-12 students in Northern Illinois. Not only were our children participating, but I had the privilege of coordinating it, with the help of an amazing friend.
We had the chance to bring in a superb speaker, Dr. Jay Wile, on Friday night. He led a seminar on teaching High School Science at home. It was so informative and very helpful in understanding what requirements we need before our children graduate. He encouraged us that we can do this even if we don't have a degree in science education or a masters in scientific theory. In fact, he restated some things that have been fundamental in my beliefs regarding homeschooling from the beginning.
With our kids I have always encouraged them to step outside the proverbial box and make learning mean something to them. You see I can spoon feed it all to them, or I can try to fill their minds with all the facts and knowledge I think is necessary; however this is fruitless when there is nothing that is relevant and sustaining. What?? That was bold, I know. But let's think about it. If it means something to you, you will retain it.... right?
Dr. Wile had some very practical and wise insight into teaching teens a subject that a lot of people find intimidating. Give them the tools to be life-long learners and you will ultimately give them the tools to be successful. Give them an opportunity to be very involved the educational choices that are made and you give them the foundation of responsibility to follow through with that privilege.