LOL. Well, if I ever find it, I'd be happy to send it along--no bucks needed! Just a large dose of courage to tackle the Mysterious Basement Boxes Full of Audiocassettes and VCR Tapes.
I thought you might enjoy an old discussion on this topic http://simplycharlottemason.com/scmforum/topic/homeschooling-boys-long . Blessings, Heather
csmamma - that was a neat thread to re-post. I do not have boys, but felt an urge to examine how I treat my husband with all of our roles combined. Sometimes he is the after-thought or helpmeet, and I think I should try to set a better example of a loving, caring wife. =)
I also do not think that it hurts a girl to learn how to hammer and saw, or a boy to learn some manners while playing tea party. Most children gravitate right back to the more gender specific things anyway - cars or dolls or their many variations. We all have our divine natures from God, after all. Learning practical skills is still a vital part of education today. As much as we do not want to admit it, sometimes those skills come in handy. A spouse can die, be deployed, become ill, or something and it is helpful if one can be self-reliant for a few things. So I am okay with the 2 year old boy practicing how to be a good daddy with his sister's baby doll. I am also okay with his sister hanging out with Dad learning how to change a tire.
When I first posted, I was being amused by the thought that we were all coming to the same goals by very different means, and I had wondered if there were general learning differences/preferences for boys versus girls you had experienced in your homeschool career since it seemed that the posters had all of one or the other. Interesting discussion and some points I had never even really considered. =)
Sheraz - sorry I only read your initial post on this thread before replying, not realizing you had only girls. I appreciate your insight and completely concur. I still wish I had hair to braid, dolls to dress, and a tea set to play with . Enjoy those girls! Blessings to you & yours.
I like hearing from other all boys moms :) you know it is neat to see how things pan out - I am definitely one of those girls who has a mathy brain and loves dirtbikes ;) and is rather handy with power tools - good thing too, because the Lord blessed me with a husband who moved me to the woods and three boys (no girls)! My 7yo often says "Mamma, you are different from most women, you don't mind all the gross stuff and man stuff and hard work". I do notice that teaching them is very different from girls (I nannied for all girl familes prior to marriage) and am thankful I have them at home and can tailor our learning toward their particular styles - which still vary child to child. I will say though, being surrounded by so much testosterone, I very much look forward to my weekly coffee hour with my girlfriends (referred to as pink time/girl time/estrogen therapy, etc.) - my hubs agrees that it is a necessity and makes for a much happier Mamma!
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