What do I mean by small stuff? It has nothing to do with academics. It's more about daily life.
So your four year old can read, recite Shakespeare from memory, and explain Newtonian Physics, but can he tie his shoes?
Here are a few of the of the things that caught us off guard when we were beginning (and still occasionally catch us unaware). These are the sorts of things that children learn in school by necessity, or from all that mundane busy work they do, more than by actual teaching. However, these are also the sorts of things that everyone just assumes everyone else knows how to do. It can be very embarrassing and frustrating to be the odd man/kid out.
Be kind to your children and teach them:
- How to tie their shoes.
- Their address and phone number.
- How to print their name at the top of a paper.
- How to write the date.
- How to cut paper.
- How to rip a page out of a workbook.
- To raise their hands before speaking in a group situation.
- How to lock a public bathroom stall.
- How to open a single serving carton of milk.
- How to sit cross legged.
- How to use a wall mounted pencil sharpener.
- How to go through a cafeteria line (you could visit a local hospital or eat out at a buffet).
I'm sure by now you get the idea of what I'm aiming at. Because we are often at home, and with our children, there are simply some things that aren't necessary to teach to them. However, that does not mean that they won't find themselves in a situation where it will just be assumed they already know these things. It's so much easier on them if you just take a few minutes out of your academic schedule, and make sure they learn some of life's basic skills.
It's great to be a homeschooler!