Family portrait by Sarah Richman, then age 5

First Steps: Having Fun

by Patricia Richman

[This article first appeared in Issue 101 (winter 2007-2008) of the PENNSYLVANIA HOMESCHOOLERS® newsletter.]

Are you having fun yet?

This is something I often forget. One reason I chose to journey down the path of homeschooling is that I enjoy my children, immensely, (most of the time) and delight in watching them learn and grow. Sometimes I get so focused on exactly what we are learning and when, that I forget to have fun along the way.

I addressed this at the first homeschooling conference I attended as the “mother” this past summer. What do you do when the learning isn’t fun anymore? The answer was, “If you’re not having fun, you should re-evaluate what you are doing and why.” Now, when someone asks for a homeschooling suggestion, this is the first I have to offer. Have fun!

Here are some simple ways we have fun on our home education journey:

When I fail to remember how fun learning can and should be, my children usually remind me. Perhaps yours will too. They also remind me why we are on this home education path – to grow and learn together. Are we having fun yet? Yes!!


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