Since it’s easier to talk with examples, let me give you some to illustrate my point.
Your child is a mechanical genius and just wants to tinker in the garage all day on engines.
In fact, go buy broken engines from neighbors, off of Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist and encourage it. There is so much your child can learn from this endeavor. Small engines are nothing but math and science. If you want to sneak in a little writing and reading, have him narrate what he did that day and write it down, correcting spelling and punctuation as you go.
Use the science he’s already applying to go further, with books, YouTube videos, curriculum.
Have him read chapters on pulleys or levers or other physical science concepts and outline them or narrate them to you.
Have him make a game for his younger siblings on engines or a science or math concept.
You can also use real life skills such as budgeting. If he wants a new tool, he’s going to have to pay for it, so how can he make this happen?
You know how to do this, momma! Just have him write this all down and keep track of it and it’s school!
How about your budding chef? Your son just wants to cook all day, meal plan and look at recipes. Besides the obvious help this gives you, let’s think how we can pull some school out of it. Let’s embrace it and fit life into school!
Cooking is also science and math. Every time he doubles a fraction or figures out how many teaspoons is in a tablespoon, he’s using math. Then of course, there’s science. Why does baking soda rise our biscuits? He can research that and probably end up in a science worm hole for days. He can supplement with YouTube videos on science of cooking (Alton Brown, anyone?) and write papers on what he’s learning (language arts). He could also use spelling words that are cooking related or write recipes for young children to follow (applying his knowledge).
So much school can come out of real life, it’s just a matter of looking for it, being creative and letting our kids have that time.
We have to trust them, which is very hard.
But in 4 short years they are going to be making all of their own decisions, so you might as well let them have some control now so they can mess up in the comfort of your loving house, where the harshness of life won’t be so harsh.