I realized yesterday that I have been home schooling my kids for a little over a year now.
Things have changed so much since then, I can’t believe it has been ONLY a year. Was there a time when I did not spend so much time thinking and reading and talking about education and school and maximizing my children’s life experiences?
I don’t remember. What did I think about instead? Anguish over potty training and breastfeeding, probably.
I wish I had something Sage and Important to say. But while I remain committed to home educating my children with every fiber in my being…it is a very long road and I have only just stepped foot on it.
Somewhat ignorant of the thousands of other options, I started with a typical school-at-home mentality. Lately though, I have been drawn slowly and inexorably toward a much more relaxed philosophy. I’ve realized that my kids do not have to be dragged kicking and screaming toward learning.
Observing them made me see that a) they are practically insatiable when it comes to learning stuff they care about; and b) if I give them the right tools and get out of the way, they do most of the heavy lifting. So the question then becomes, what can I do to keep that enthusiasm alive?
I’m pretty sure I am heading down the child-led path. At least in these early years.
Control Freak Deb is just going to have to lighten up.
It is in fact nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wrack and ruin without fail. It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty.
– Albert Einstein