What To Do With Children Under Quarantine
Oh no! You’re stuck at home . . . with the kids . . . all day . . . every day . . . forever? Probably not, but it’s still a lot to deal with when you’re not accustomed to it. How will you get through it? Never fear! PUIRI is here!
By most people’s standards, we have a large family with NINE children, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. To make it worse, we HOMESCHOOL. Yep. You heard it right. We are a big homeschooling family . . . we love it!
Right about now you might be wondering how we manage to keep our sanity. Our answer, “Who says we do?” We’ve been at it for fourteen years and it often gets crazy, but it’s so very worth it to be able to watch these little people grow into bigger people that are gigantic sponges for information and learning and experiencing whatever is going on around them. There’s very little that they’re not interested in.
Our homeschooling philosophy is Everything is Learning! And if you were to take a minute and think about it, you’d have to agree because it’s so very true! Just for example, take a batch of chocolate chip cookies. Baking cookies easily teaches advanced math, chemistry, patience, reading, penmanship, obedience, safety, planning, cultural studies, critical thinking, problem solving, copy work, spelling, interpersonal relationships, art and history.
Have you ever tried to double or triple a recipe? Try it without a calculator. It takes some mental gymnastics to do it in your head. To know that three teaspoons equal a tablespoon. That eight tablespoons equals a half a cup. Converting ounces to cups to grams.
The magic of working with yeast and turning it into a beautiful golden loaf of fresh bread is a alchemical miracle all of its own. That doesn’t count fascinating things like why and when it’s acceptable to substitute applesauce for oil and all that kind of good stuff.
Have you ever had to sit and wait for those delicious smelling cookies to be done cooking and then have to sit and wait even longer for them to be cool enough to eat without them falling apart or burning your hands? Yeah. That’s patience.
A cook has to know how to read their recipe and the labels on the canisters to make sure the right components are added in the proper manner.
Being able to write clearly and legibly is crucial for sharing an accurate recipe.
These days, the ability to follow instructions seems to be a lost art. Teaching a child to follow the instructions on a recipe helps to instill the importance of obedience, even when they don’t understand the reasoning behind it at the time.
A kitchen is a dangerous place and teaching a child how to carefully and skillfully maneuver their culinary environment will gift them with a lifelong respect for what goes on in that room of the home.
Long before those cookies go in the oven, the necessary supplies and equipment need to be inventoried and prepared for use.
What are the origins of that recipe? Where did it come from? Was it specific to a certain culture? Or region? Who made it? Why? Was there an overabundance of something? Was it intended for a particular celebration? Or as a food storage item?
Working in the kitchen almost always requires multitasking in order to keep track of all aspects of preparing a dish so everything comes together in a symphony of flavors and textures.
Identifying a problem and managing a way to overcome that problem is a valuable life skill and one we could all benefit from improving upon.
Accurate attention to detail is imperative. The difference between a “tbsp” and a “tsp” may only be a single letter, but the ramifications of that letter can easily make the difference between a culinary triumph and something that nobody, not even the dog, is willing to eat.
Closely akin to reading and copy work, spelling, too, is critical to providing a reproducible recipe for posterity.
Working closely with others on a project can help to build excellent employee and management skills. Both are admirable qualities.
Presentation is what we’re referring to here. There are entire industries reliant on how food is presented in appealing, lip-smacking and drool-worthy ways. Your kid may revolutionize the world with their phenomenal artistic abilities!
“Hey, these were Great-Granny Gertrude’s Super Duper Most Excellent Chocolate Chip Cookies! She made them anytime someone was sick. I remember once she even . . . “. And the stories flow from there. If some genealogical tidbits work themselves in, all the better. See how much you can learn from a simple cookie?
See how simple learning is? Plus sometimes you get fresh homemade cookies. Isn’t it awesome? Happy dance!
Granted, not everything is chocolate chip cookies. Sometimes the basics are what you need. Or you’d like the kiddos to spend some time exercising their brains while you get your work done. And you don’t want to spend a small fortune on purchased curriculum that may or may not work with your child’s preferred approach to learning.
There is an infinite multitude of fabulous websites out there but here’s a quick list of freebie links that our family uses to augment our homeschooling endeavors. We find them very useful and hope they help you to keep your children’s learning enjoyable until they can resume their normal schooling.
If the concept of homeschooling is new to you, and you’d like to learn more about how to make it happen for your family, here’s a great place to start to learn what it takes to become a homeschooling family and answer any questions you may pose. They also have a very active Facebook page. https://washhomeschool.org/
Whichever learning path works best for your family, public school, homeschool, private school, whatever. Remember, Everything is Learning!