Have you ever wondered how homeschoolers spend their summers? Well, this is a fun video created by Amanda Read a newly graduated homeschooler who just finished her first semester of college on the President's list with a 4.0 and edited by her sister Rachel Read who is in High School.
Yes, right brain activity is what homeschooling is all about! While most public school children spend endless days exercising their left brain thinking skills, homeschoolers are actively developing right brain skills of imagination, synthesis, design, storytelling, play, caring and purposeful meaning of living. Homeschoolers are very high in emotional intelligence, not only IQ (genetic/academic). Truly the best is a blend of learning that is using the whole-mind, both the right (creative/emphathizer/high concept) and left (knowledge/information/high tech). The strong development of both sides of the brain are paramont in today's world that is global, faster and quickly moving to purposeful, non-material needs in eco-friendly design, creative out-of-the-box solutions and seeking for spiritual/ emotional satisfaction in life.
This past week was so fun for our children, who have been working on a Medieval Drama Movie this past year. Since we live in different states we have to wait for time to visit. The Read's have eight children. The Abbott's have three. We are two homeschool families binded together by the Dads who went to high school and college together. We have been family friends for 25 years, and both are lifelong home schoolers.
It was special on filming night to hear the laughter of 9 children busting up on the 4th, 5th and 6th take of one "actor" continuing to mis-state his name. Also the evil villain actor caused several fun times as he walked robotically across the room or twirled his necklace chain while sitting in his corner table waiting for his part.
I have been reading a lot of wonderful books about brainscience! A new field of study that sythesises many scholarly disciplines together to study the brain. I am thrilled by all the discoveries uncovered by scientist about how the brain is sculpted in the womb and throughout life, but rapidly during childhood. Tell yourself or a mom you love that they are brain scultors. Never knew we had so much skill or influence.
And this is good news for adoptive parents. Everyone really has two moms - the birth mom that give the child her genetic and "in uterus" brain and the daily mom that sculpts the function, and structure of the brain as the child grows. Of course for many blessed children one mother does both mom roles.
Now, 16 years later, I can see one reason God prepared so many families to school their children at home in non-traditional, emotionally/spiritually nurturing, non-textbook, narrative learning styles. We have been on a quest to find joyful living that is not in the rat-race pace of a world spinning out of control. We teach our children to develop solid learning skills that will enable them to be whatever God desire for them to be and encourage them to find their unique bent/giftedness. We understand that no two children are alike and that subject matter can be taught in a variety of ways to make sure your child masters it.
So if you have been wondering, is my child being properly prepared for this 21st century of change - "change you can believe in"? Ask yourself,
- Is my child's right brain being developed skillfully to meet society's changing needs?
- Are they able to express themselves creatively, develop opportunities and giftedness and
- Are they emotionally sensitive to others in the world?