Here are four things you need to consider when beginning homeschooling:
Your goal is to consider what an education is anyway and read about unschooling, deschooling, and learning.
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Observe your child to engage your child.
Who is this child? I’ve seen my oldest daughter make mud pattied clay bricks in the backyard for days. She spent hours painting and repainting her nails. She spent hours wandering the backyard with a picnic blanket, dragging her siblings from one end to the next. She told me they were travelling from Australia to Paris.
She would rather be doing, well, anything other than math. She was least likely to catch on to the rules of a new game or read the directions of a map. Yet, when she decided she wanted to sew, she began cutting and pinning, with no patterns. When she cooked, she left the recipe books unopened and just played.
After she finished her prescribed creative writing time in her morning studies, she disappeared into her room to write her stories or read other people’s stories. Her pages were filled with clever, realistic dialogue. Her plot lines were as a Hollywood film.
She was the kiddo that everyone followed in the playground, because she made up the clever stories to act out. She play acted since, well, forever…switching from British to German to French accents unprompted and untaught.
There’s an art and science in an education.
There’s an art and science in medicine, I’ve been told. If one could type symptoms into the Google bar and spit out a diagnosis, would medical doctors be required? There’s a certain experience and constant exposure that surrounds the assessment and diagnoses in medicine that can’t be captured in the Google bar.
The same is true for the idea of an education: there’s an art and science to an education too. We could try to jam a bunch of facts into the minds of our children and hope they spit out the requested knowledge later. But I believe that education would merely be judged inadequate, adequate, above average, or excellent. What value is that?