I spend a lot of time thinking about, talking about, and reading about homeschooling. I search the internet, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and every other random corner of social media, listservs and blogs to learn everything I can about homeschooling. One might say I’m obsessed. Maybe I am. No, passionate. I am passionate about homeschooling. And my kids are only 4 and 1. We are just on the cusp of the “schooling” years.
Although some would disagree that one’s education starts on day one. Even though I haven’t, by my school districts standards, begun homeschooling, I still feel that we’re already doing it. Every day, thousands of little moments that are life learning opportunities. From baking in the kitchen to testing the strength of our block towers, there’s always learning taking place.
The term unschooling has been a hard word for me to embrace and accept. The former elementary teacher in me wants to reject that concept. But the more I give into the idea of unschooling or a child-led education, the more rewarding I find the whole experience. Lately I’ve been easing up on planning curriculum and spending hours looking up all the benchmarks and goals that children “should” be achieving and just living into following my older son’s lead. The results feel so organic and sometimes magical. That sounds a little lame, but it’s true!
One of the joys of homeschooling is that my kids can be on their own learning path and it can move as fast or slow as it needs to. I’ve already experienced that when the topic at hand is chosen and driven by my 4 year old, his motivation and interest level is through the roof. Where as, when I try to steer the ship, it can be sometimes met with resistance.
And then I remind myself, he’s just 4.
So we’re going to keep building our towers and creating our everyday adventures. And I’d love to share that journey with you.