The goal of our afternoons has always been delight directed productivity.   I have tried to avoid the use of the word ‘free time’ as it generates in the children (and in me to be honest) that I can do whatever I want with my time; I can waste it, it is free.  Instead I’ve tried to teach the children that time is given to us by God and that we need to use it wisely.  It is more about a heart attitude than what we actually do.

Helping our children be productive with their time starts from a fairly young age when you teach them to focus on a toy, when they learn to sit with a book, or play with playdough for a set period of time.  These activities are age appropriate delight directed productivity.

As they grow older they take the self control and focusing skills, along with reading, writing, and any other skill they have learnt and start to apply it to their own individual talents and interests.

Delight Directed Learning

Let me define productivity as I have defined it for my kids –

  • It is a specific, purposeful activity – you know what you are doing, you are not drifting
  • It is something you delight in – it fits with the individual’s strengths and goals
  • You are making something – you may be making a story, a friendship, a project, a memory (even when you rest you are making energy!)

 

To define delight directed I need to say that it isn’t just want they ‘want’ to do (they could delight in wasting time and dawdling!!) – delight is more about their passions, interests, talents, etc.  Delight interests could be long term (my son has been interested in war history for over 10 years) or it could be short term (my daughter studied colour for a short season and then moves on).  Sometimes I structure their delight studies, in that I find a class, mentor or particular resource for them to work through, but most times the kids just discover on their own.

Giving my children Productive Free Time, most afternoons, has given our children time to practice the things that they enjoy.  Be it music, or art, or writing, technology, photography, reading, organising, card making, building, Lego, sport, computer skills, blogging – the more they practice, the better they get, the more they enjoy the activity.

 

What our Afternoons look like now:

For the next month our afternoons will look like this:

  • Mondays: Jess, Nomi, Daniel spend most of the afternoon working for me (sometimes paid chores, sometimes chores-in-training)
  • Tuesday & Wednesday –  Jess has delight studies, Nomi and Daniel have community drama
  • Thursday – Daniel has ‘table time’ – focused planned activities, the girls and I will do paper crafts online lessons
  • Friday – After our ‘outing’ we will try and clean bedrooms and get ready for family night.

 

This season will be the most structured afternoon times we have ever had.  This is mainly because being involved in the community drama means being out of the home two afternoons a week.  It will take its toll – it will have huge benefits to the kids.  And it is only for a season!  Next season will look completely different as far as the activity goes – but our intent remains the same: to develop our children in their talents and interests, to let them follow the delights of their heart.

You might like to learn more about Delight-Directed Learning from Hearts and Soul Homeschooling

Over to you:

How do you incorporate your kid’s interests into your homeschool?

1 Comment

  1. Thara

    I think that this is a good idea. I’m a homeschooling mom of twins one boy one girl. My career is to use tarot cards to accurately predict what exactly the future will hold for the public.
    I fit homeschooling in around my job. My son and daughter are attending baby swimming lessons at our local leisure centre and my stepdaughter loves her art lessons. I hope it works well.
    We are considering other activities for the kids. My mom used to teach drama at a middle school back home. If you have any other suggestions for after school clubs and activities I would greatly appreciate it thank you. Starting in September I have decided to see if I can find a good local piano teacher in my area.

    Reply

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Developing their Talents | Live life with your Kids! - […] Delight Directed Productivity […]

Let me know your thoughts...

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Do you need help in your Family?

Hi! I’m Belinda

About Me

Belinda and her husband, Peter, live in the far north-west of Australia on a small farm. They have four adult children whom they homeschooled from prep-year 12. Over this time Belinda has taught and supported women both face to face and online. Her heart is to encourage families to be intentional, relational and heart focused in all areas of family living. She continues to do this in her new season of life – as her kids leave home one by one leaving her with more time.

Certified Life Coach
Our homeschool afternoons were spent in delight directed productivity - a time where the kids chose what activities they spent their time on.

When we allow our children to pursue their interests they learn beyond anything we could plan.

Individual Education Planning Worksheets - brainstorming every area of your child's life.

Get your Planning Worksheets

I will email you the download link so you can start looking at all the different spheres of your child's life before you make any curriculum choices. 

The download link is on it's way.

An Alternative to Chocolate

An Alternative to Chocolate

Not that I have anything against chocolate - but these jelly beans can help your kids share the message of Jesus, his love, death and resurrection at Easter time.  

The download link is on it's way.

Parent Guide: How to make your Family Bible Study Really Work

Family Bible Study is Tricky with all the Different Ages

 

But there is a way to make this a rich learning and bonding family time.  This Guide includes tips, planning worksheet, and discussion prompts.  

Thanks for being here! The download link is on it's way.

Download yourCharacter Certificates

Though true character is driven by internal motivation, our children will appreciate when we see that they are growing in character.

Thanks for being here! The download link is on it's way.

Download your Character Certificates

Though true character is driven by internal motivation, our children will appreciate when we see that they are growing in character.

The download link is on it's way.

Download your Cheat Sheet

 

A quick reference to help you discern between a heart attitude and a lack of skill for when your child loses it!

Thanks for being here! Your download link is on its way.

Three things for parents to pray for in the Moment.

Make God your First Response

Print out this parenting reminder to call out to God in the middle of the moment.

I'm excited to share this download with you. Watch your inbox.

Download Grow in Character Worksheets

Download Grow in Character Worksheets

I will email you the download link.

The download link is on it's way.

Download Grow in Character Worksheets

You will receive an email shortly with the details. Watch your inbox.

Thank you for being here - your download link will arrive shortly.

Download Parenting Poster

Download Parenting Poster

Learn to respond to your child in a way that changes their heart.

 

I will email you the download link.

The download link is on it's way.

Download Parenting Poster

Download Parenting Poster

 

Learn to respond to your child in a way that changes their heart.

 

I will email you the download link.

Thank you for being here - your download link will arrive shortly.

Our children hear different words when we react to when we respond. Do your children hear blah blah blah when you correct them? Includes a parenting poster.

Download Parenting Poster

 

When we Respond instead of React we find a way to deal with the heart not just behaviour.

 

I will email you the download link.

Thank you for being here - your download link will arrive shortly.

Download Character Lesson Guide

You will receive an email shortly with the details. Watch your inbox.

Thank you for being here - your download link will arrive shortly.

When family relationships get tense - look for the niggles.

Heart Focused Parenting Resource for the Intentional Parent

 

Your download will arrive in your inbox shortly. 

Print it out and use to teach the hearts of your kids.

Thank you for being here - your download link will arrive shortly.

Hearts: Heart focus homeschool

Email Course

Daily emails  (6 days) to help you walk towards being a heart focused homeschool family!

You have joined the email course. Watch your email inbox!

Find ways to Re-engage your Student

Download this checklist and stir your child's curiosity

Watch your Inbox - the Checklist is on it's way!

Stay Heart Focused

 

When you parent the heart, the tone of your family will change. 


Weekly Heart Boost emails with practical and encouraging ideas to be heart focused in all areas of family life.

Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your family journey. I'll be in touch.

FREE Parenting Worksheet

This worksheet will help you move from addressing behaviour to really parenting the heart, one issue at a time.

 

 

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Parenting Support Library

Join now for extra and regular heart focus family living support.
Weekly emails and bonus content straight to your email inbox.

 

 

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Become a Better Parent

Personal growth starts with an honest assessment

Thanks for being here! The download link is on it's way.

Give Effective Consequences

Think before you React

Thanks for being here! The download link is on it's way.

 

Thanks for being here! The download link is on it's way.

One Another Verses

Be Intentional in the Teen Years

Use this Cheat Sheet to remind you of how you can love your teen.

Thanks for being here! The download link is on it's way.

Devotion Response Kit cover

Download your Devotion Response Kit

5 prompts to encourage the heart of your child as they learn to respond to God's Word

Thanks for being here! Your download link is on it's way.

Prepare a Heart focused Christmas

 

Free email course

Thanks for being here! The download link is on it's way.

Download your copy

Download your copy

Blending Life and Lessons - and start your journey of changing your thinking about education.

Thanks for being here! Your download link is on it's way.

Download: One Another Verses pdf

Download: One Another Verses pdf

Download this list of One Another verses and teach your children how to love others.

Thanks for being here! Your download link is on it's way.

Raising Kids with Character

ATTEND LIVE : FREE PARENTING WORKSHOP

A bonus for Heart Booster readers:  Learn how to teach character to your kids so that they can live their lives making values-based choices.

 

Live Session:  5th May 2021, 6.30pm AWST

Replay available until 16th May 2021

 

I'm so excited about this workshop - thanks for joining me!

Raising Kids with Character

REPLAY OPTION : FREE PARENTING WORKSHOP

A bonus for Heart Booster readers:  Learn how to teach character to your kids so that they can live their lives making values-based choices.

 

Replay available from 6th May until 16th May 2021

 

I'm so excited about this workshop - thanks for joining me!

Raising Kids with Character

WAITLIST

 

The Raising Kids with Character parenting workshop will be offered again this year - details yet to be confirmed.  Join the waitlist so you don't miss out. 

I will keep in you in the loop as soon as decisions have been made!

Join Heart Boost and gain access to de•vot•ed free for 1 month

 

Connecting everyday living with the Word of God

Thanks for being here! Your download link is on it's way.

Bonus Reading list

 

Sharing my Homeschool Belief File

Knowing what you believe and why about education and homeschooling helps you make good decisions.

Thanks for being here! Your download link is on it's way.

%d bloggers like this: