Giving Kids the Gift of FREE Time


We officially started homeschooling  when my daughter was 7 1/2 years old.  Having, myself, been a product of private education, I naturally assumed that traditional education would be the best track for us.  We went down that track and it was dismal and soul-destroying.  It was only when I read, in a homeschooling book, that parents should observe what their children choose to do when they are free to do what they choose, that I suddenly woke up!  I noticed how much my daughter loved illustrating.  Her math notebook was full of drawings, portraits, fonts, fancy writing, and  imaginative creations.  So I started giving her more opportunities to just draw, read picture books with amazing illustrations, and talk to me about what she noticed, liked, and disliked about each illustrator’s style.  Whenever she didn’t HAVE to do a lesson or study a subject, she reached for her pencil or crayons or felt pens.

Today, she is studying to be a graphic designer and illustrator.  This is why I loved reading the above-mentioned article.  Its truth resonated with me.  Children are losing touch with their imaginative inner life because of the constant entertainment and clamor of technology, and the over-subscription to extra classes and extra-curricular activities.  What might it be like for them to actually have chunks of time with nothing scheduled for them to do?  Try it and see what you discover! 🙂