Ive been thinking a lot about homeschooling lately. Like a lot a lot. I know that bubby isn't even two yet, but I want to get everything all set up. I'm that excited. But I know realisticly that to even start a 'program' its going to be about 4 or 5 years away. Not that I'm even sure that a 'program' is what I want to do. There's a big appeal to unschooling too. But again, that's a few years away.
That being said, there are things I want him to know, not because they will be important for college (which I'm ehh on anyway, but that's another post) , but because they are important for life.
I want him to know how to plant a garden, to grow his own food.
To know when foods are in season, what to eat and when.
He should know basic medical concepts. How to splint a broken bone and stop bleeding.
Basic laundry care. How to use the washing machine and the dryer. Ideally how to fold laundry (and not just because I hate folding)
Cooking and cleaning. He doesn't need to love it, but he needs to know how to do it. I don't want him to go to college or his first apartment not knowing how to care for himself when he's on his own.
Home maitnance. I dont want him to have to run to a plumber or contractor at every little disaster.
Appreciation for art. I don't care if he never picks up a brush himself, but I'd like him to understand what others can create.
Kindness. I want him to be nice to the waiter. ("The person that is nice to you, but is not nice to the waiter is not a nice person" - I don't know who said it, but I love it)
Other then those things, I just want the basics. Reading, writing, and maths.
I know that almost everything on that list I can start teaching him now. And most likely I will start teaching him those things now. In a compleetly unstructured 'lets make this fun' type of way.
Oh wait, that is unschooling.