Perhaps one of the most important things we can teach our children, apart from a love of the Lord Jesus Christ, is a good work ethic. While education continues for a lifetime, character, including work ethic, is formed during one's youth. Really, it is foundational to higher learning, because without a good work ethic, our children aren't motivated to actively participate in their education and be good students.
Not only will a good work ethic help our children as they pursue an education, but it will help them as they enter the work force and become the next generation of laborers in the church.
As busy homeschooling mothers of many children, Rachel and I have found that having a simple system in place to help our children work independently is a MUST! I once heard someone say that one of our chief responsibilities as mothers is to "work ourselves out of a job" and I couldn't agree more. From the moment our children are tottering around on chubby little legs, we should be training them to be helpers and workers. By the time our children are young teens, they ought to be able to take over lawn care, meal preparation and many other household tasks completely independent from Dad and Mom. Sound like a dream come true?
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Copywork is a simple, gentle way to improve your child's handwriting and spelling over time. I have used it with all of my children up to a certain age with great success.
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Part of the process of maturity is children learning responsibility necessary to complete tasks they know need done without being reminded (also known as nagging). Different children mature at different rates and I recognize the definite need for grace as that happens. Often if a child struggles to remember it's not that they don't want to be responsible, but their mind and body are in a process of gaining maturity and self-regulation. They are being trained to acquire the habit.
This is Part III of the series Teaching our Children to Work. Click on the links to read Part I or Part II.
Have you heard of the Moore Formula? If not, I highly recommend doing a little research on Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore or reading one of their books, Better Late Than Early or The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook. They have some very interesting information on the effects of modern education methods.
This series shares some practical ways to teach children to work. Part I of this series, At What Age Should Work Begin?, can be found here.
In the last post, I shared some of the tremendous benefits of teaching children to work from a young age. To be fair, I suppose I should admit the drawbacks. (Sadly, there is rarely such a thing as a win-win situation in life.)
Here are my Top 5 Reasons NOT to Teach Children to Work:
At What Age Should Work Begin?
Teaching our children to work is a vital task that will last most of their childhood. There are so many facets to this, that I will be posting a three-part series on Teaching Our Children to Work, with several printables and charts for you to use.
The first question is when do we teach our children to work?
With five kids between the ages of 3-16, it can be very challenging to monitor and asses appropriate screen time use for the various ages and needs of my family. Obviously, with a toddler and teenager under the same roof, a one-size-fits-all-approach won't work. It's something we have to constantly monitor and reevaluate and also requires a great deal of diligence on Mom and Dad's part to keep screen time use to a minimum. It's not easy. And we certainly are not as successful as we would like to be, but we feel it's one of the most important things we can do for our children. Why place such importance on limiting your child's (and teen's) screen time? Here are a few important reasons why:
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