To enjoy school, we need some school rules and guidelines. Creating a safe and engaging environment is key to the success of our school. So how do we set boundaries that promote creativity, active learning, cooperation, and respect?
What is going to be the long term result if we implement these school rules? Do our rules help us be our best self? What kind of environment do we want to create in our home school?
When we started home school, we sat under the tree and talked about our school rules. Having these seven rules is helping us stay focused on what's important.
When we get stressed or ruffled, we talk about which rule we need to keep, so we can get back on track. When things are going well, we talk about how our rules are helping be successful. Sometimes we talk about the rules before a difficult project or assignment.
"Two men looked out from prison bars, One saw the mud, the other saw stars." - Dale Carnegie
Being happy is a choice. So we choose to be happy!
There are always great things and not so great things happening. When we focus on the negative, we see more of the negative. When we focus on the positive, we see more of the positive. Everything goes better when we're happy.
"Every problems has a solution. You just have to be creative enough to find it." - Travis Kalanick
If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you. Problem solving skills are not developed overnight, so be patient as your family learns these skills. You can encourage and inspire your children to be fantastic problem solvers
Projects are a great way to practice problem solving skills. We might have in mind what we want to do, but we don't know all the steps that are going to be required to finish the project. Some projects take hours, days, weeks, months, or even years to complete. These projects require us to be creative problem solvers.
"You get what you work for, not what you wish for." - Howard A. Tullman
Nothing worth having comes easy. When we are learning, we are being challenged. The ability and desire to be a worker is key to success in school and in life. Learning to work is part of our home school curriculum.
There are different forms of work. We work when we do projects, study, clean, care for animals, do yard work, exercise, etc.
Growing and preserving food is another great way to teach children practical science while they learn to work. We have an entire website that teaches these skills.
"We're just going to play and have fun and see what happens." - Dustin Wood
Learning is fun! Life is interesting! Everyday is gift! Life is an adventure, and there's so much to learn. Our goal is to be life-long learners. Learning to love learning is central to everything we do in home school. That's why having fun is a home school rule.
"We rise by lifting others." - Robert Ingersoll
We're a team, and everyone helps. There's a lot to do, and we need each other. We also feel good inside when we are lifting and serving.
"Sometimes the greatest gift you can give another person is to simply include them."
Everyone needs a friend, and we all do better when we feel like we belong.
"The more we share, the more we have." - Leonard Nimoy
There are so many opportunities to share and take turns. We can encourage our children by applauding and celebrating their thoughtful behavior. There is plenty to go around, and love is in abundance when we give to others.