Homeschool - Our Beginning
We started “officially” homeschooling this fall. It’s not very official though. It’s more like a continuation of the life we were already living. I have had some friends (understandably) voice concern for my sanity. Wouldn’t sending Theo to kindergarten give me a break? Maybe a little but I would still have Fiona and baby Benedict home with me and frankly, I don’t want to be away from my suddenly 5 year old son for 30+ hours a week. Before I know it he will be 10 and then 15 and although I know one day I will wonder how all my babies grew up so quickly, I don’t want to feel regret for not spending as much time with them as I could.
I want to be with my children for the best parts of their days. I want to be with my children while they learn. I want to learn with them.
I have absolutely no judgement of anyone sending their children to public school. There are dozens of reasons why people make that choice - its just not for me.
I believe that living is learning. I want them to learn to live in the “real world” in the “real world” and not a classroom. I felt woefully unprepared for real life after graduating from college. I could sit in a classroom and memorize facts and information but all the things expected of me as an adult woman I had little knowledge about. At 33 I still feel like I am trying to figure out so many things I should have learned during the 12,000 hours I spent in school (before college).
I can’t get back the years wasted “learning” pointless information that will never be useful to me but I don’t want that for my kids. We remember what we are interested in so I want them to study what they are interested in and mostly, I want them to play.
This week I learned that not only does Theo WANT to learn but that I don’t need to follow our curriculum to feel like I am doing things right. We followed it the first week but week two got thrown off because of some house construction projects, a broken car and a newborn. Week three - much of the same - real life happening. I decided that that’s perfectly fine. Theo plays, we go on bike rides, we cook, we talk about life and he learns. If we have days or weeks we go along with our curriculum perfectly - then fantastic, and if we have weeks that we don’t - great.
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” -Fred Rogers
*Excuse my bad grammar. That’s one thing we will be learning together when the time comes.