Ten Days of Raising a Life-Long Learner: Day 8
Hobbies to Apprenticeships to Careers
Does your young person have a pastime, a hobby, a consuming interest? Hobbies often lead to life-long interests, college degrees, or career choices. Tweens and teens who are encouraged to pursue their passions tend to be more focused on what they want to accomplish with their lives.
When time is built into the homeschool for serious hobbies,
the stage is set for life-long learning.
- Those with artistic natures who have ample time to immerse themselves will improve their talent—whether it’s their writing, art, or music, etc.
- Those who have an academic passion will find they have more time to read, work on the computer, and follow their interests to a deeper level.
- Students who are planning a vocational or technical career may begin an apprenticeship in their chosen field.
With the proper guidance from their parents, these young people will enter adulthood poised, confident, and with a solid academic and work ethic background. Responsible and independent problem-solvers are always gladly welcomed into colleges and the work place!
Keys to Raising a Life-Long Learner
Support them and provide numerous occasions to practice:
- study skills
- time management skills
- life skills
- rebounding (from failure) skills
- hard work and perseverance
Spend time in the Word yourself and live out the practical applications of your faith.
At no other age is the
“Do as I say, not as I do” adage less likely to work!
Real Life Story #1 Lauren and Flossie the Cow
“Is it my imagination, or is Flossie standing exactly where and how she was last night?” Janice asked her family aloud. Her eleven-year-old daughter, Lauren, assured her that it was not her imagination and that she had been trying to tell her mom that Flossie looked sick.
Their two acres out in the country—filled with a variety of animals—was exactly to this middle child’s liking. She willingly worked hard on the property and had earned the title, “Farm Manager.”
They called the vet who came out and examined the pregnant cow, Flossie. It was a good thing they called her because it turned out that Flossie was in pretty bad shape.
Thus began their relationship with a large animal vet. Being the child who always loved animals, Lauren was extremely interested in all the procedures the doctor performed on her many visits.
Lauren was so very interested in learning more about how people help sick animals that eventually the vet was asked if Lauren could accompany her on her rounds one day. The answer was positive, and sure enough, the day came when Lauren was invited to go along. She loved it and went again and again. Lauren treasured those experiences and longed for more.
Janice, Lauren, and the doctor talked and came up with the following arrangement: Lauren would accompany the vet once a week in exchange for doing weekly chores at the vet’s office. The following year was a very happy one for the young farm manager.
She was essentially functioning as a nurse-assistant. Her expertise grew to where she could anticipate what tool was needed during surgery and she was invited to tag along whenever there was something interesting happening. She even looked forward to performing the mundane work on her volunteer evening. Sometimes she washed the trucks, sometimes she did paper work, sometimes she filled pill bottles, sometimes she cleaned the office. No matter, Lauren worked hard and enthusiastically.
During the year this shy middle child grew into a self-confident, knowledgeable young lady. The following year it became apparent to the veterinarian that her business had grown to the point where she needed to hire part-time help. To whom do you suppose she offered the position? Lauren was excited! It not only was her first paying job, it was a job at which she was skilled and one she dearly loved.
When it came time to figure out her high school science requirements, it was easy assigning her credit for the many hours of labor and incredible knowledge she had gained. Nine years later Lauren earned an RN degree from Johns Hopkins University!
In my next blog post I’ll share Real Life Story # 2:
Ben’s Computer and Video Adventures
Be sure to visit these brilliant women during our
10 Day of Adventure between November 7th-18th!
I love these ladies and I know you will too.
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