Yesterday, I was watching my kids play in their water pool at our balcony when I saw my 3.5 years old boy started building things with his Mega Bloks.
Me: "Wow! Ben, what are you making?"
Ben: "I'm making Jesus!"
I was stunned and looked again at the Mega Bloks that he made and yes, it does looks like a statue and upon further asking ("What do you mean Jesus?"),
Ben: "This is the statue on the mountain".
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Which reminded me of our homeschooling the day before when I let him spun his globe toy and his index finger landed on Brazil and I showed him a Youtube video of Brazil National Geographic Traveler which features Christ the Redeemer amongst many of its famous landmarks and places of interests.
The idea to do this just came to my mind the moment I woke up yesterday. I was thinking how to make things interesting, to teach something different, change a little method of teaching to make things fun. So I thought of letting my boy spins his globe toy, let him choose a country where his finger landed on and we go from there. I repeated to him the country name, getting him to repeat after me too, 'Bah-bah-bah, Brazil!' (also teaching phonics) then I tested him again by spinning the globe toy and asking him to pinpoint Brazil again to me and he got it. (He still gets it 2 days later!)
Then I go to my laptop, typed 'Brazil National Geography' (my preferance, somehow I think videos from National Geography will be educational and safer without any weird/sudden surprises in the clips etc. Then I got my boy to sit next to me with my girl in her playplen right next to our chair and we watched the video clip together.
I explained to Benjamin what is happening, what are the buildings and objects shown. Even tried to bring in other references when we saw similar scenes such as the Carnival in Brazil ('Remember the Rio show, there is carnival in the show, this is the carnival!')
Just a simple 5 minutes plus video and casual conversations with my 3.5 years old boy about the highlights and famous places in a country. Never did I expect these things will sink into his heart and mind.
Of course, I never think that these topics are too complex for my boy to understand. Like I mentioned before in one of my homeschooling post, I teach and explain whenever the opportunities arises.
So, yeah, what I'm trying to say in this post is,
When it comes to homeschooling,
don't restrict yourself or your child!
Just because you think the subject is too complex,
don't just give up or avoid teaching it!
Complex for you doesn't mean your child will not understand!
Just my 2 cents... That's all the updates I can share for now, feel free to ask and share if you have feedback!