When your children grow up and leave the nest, suddenly the silence, not the noise, becomes deafening. You find yourself quietly alone.
As this happens, I am willing to guarantee that there are several things you will never look back on and regret. You will never regret not working lots of overtime. You will never regret those dishes piling up in the sink. You will never regret that layer of dust thickening on the furniture or that pile of dirty clothes growing in the laundry room. What you may very well regret, however, is not spending enough time with your children and becoming an integral part of their learning process during those formative years!
Parental involvement is one of the most overlooked assets in modern American education. It is a proven fact that when parents and families get personally and intimately involved in their child’s education, the child flourishes. Children, under the watchful eye of loving and genuinely concerned parents or primary caregivers, are more focused and achieve greater success in the classroom – getting better grades and test scores. These children have more positive attitudes and, to a greater extent, exhibit more courteous and compassionate behavior toward adults and their peers, in as well as out of the classroom. Their attendance records are elevated. They graduate at higher rates and tend to grow up being more successful in life. The interesting fact is that this is true of children across the board, whose parents take an active role in their education, regardless of income, ethnicity or background.
A startling fact is that parents cannot always assume that their child is receiving an excellent education from their school. Most recently, teachers’ hands have been bound by the “Common Core” initiative. They are being forced to teach didactically toward an annual standardized test. All creative liberties have been stripped from their repertoire. Didactic, or rote learning, is a tedious process of read – recite – regurgitate; and while some children may be able to perform on a standardized test at the end of the year, the type of knowledge gained is not value-based. It is fleeting at best and does not produce students who have the ability to think outside the box. Children don’t grow into being creative – they are born with it – and more often than not, they get “educated” out of it, by the Common Core.
This is why parental involvement is pivotal to a child’s education. Parents can easily help produce innovative thinkers by supplementing the educational experience at home. In this day and age, time is a precious commodity, one that so often eludes us as parents. For most of us, simply finding time to spend with our children is extremely difficult. Planning out a meaningful educational opportunity to fill that block of time on top of it – well… that might just feel nearly impossible.
Homespun and Hands-On® is a unique product that makes it 'perfectly simple' for you to give your child a quality hands-on educational experience that provides lasting results. All you need to do is carve out a couple of hours of uninterrupted time.
Our Hands-On Kits ‘n’ Kaboodles™ come complete with a simple-to-use strategy for learning (called a kaboodle) that can be read conversationally, word-for-word, much like reading a storybook to your child. Unlike a story, however, Hands-On Kaboodles™ are packed with invaluable information.
While you read to your child, they complete an interactive handout, which serves to reinforce the information being presented. You'll even find an answer key to remove any of the guesswork for you. Then the fun really begins!
The Hands-On Kit™ will spark your child’s imagination and provide lots of family fun! Each contains only the finest quality, all natural, fully sustainable materials, and — the best part — you'll find every little thing you need inside our cool box to help your child think outside it!
Take it from a mother who just sent her first two children off to college and who fully intends to spend every possible moment with her third, until he, too, leaves the nest in just three short years.
Let the little things in life go, they really aren’t that important in the grand scheme of life. Don’t worry about work when you’re home. Don’t make the dishes in the sink a priority – or the dust or the dirty laundry. Simply make a little time to explore, discover, and learn with your children, and I can promise you that you will have not one regret!
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