In the early years, I did not trust myself to identify what my children needed. With a background in educational psychology and work with children in school and daycare settings, I turned to the home school experts to lead the way. There's nothing wrong with learning from others, but it's almost a matter of whose material you read first. In my case, I became acquainted with classical home schooling first, so that's the method I initially followed. Over time I relaxed exponentially, until I realized I was making this way too hard. Unless you lived in a box, humans can't get away from learning. If our house is a place of knowledge and we're involved in the community we can't get away from learning. But, if my husband or my lives are dry and dull, then problems might arise. It's all about living rich, full lives. I'm a heavy reader, so are my children. My husband is loves computer technology and sports, so do my children. I love to cook, so do my children. We're musical, I can't comment on the quality, but still musical. Guess who are as well? We volunteer as a family. Go to church. These are not things we deliberately set out with a plan to teach, but are just parts of our lives we naturally share. I trust my husband's and my abilities to provide my children with what they need.
|Grandfather's 90th Birthday|
In the early days, my hidden thoughts ran along the line of if they read early enough, conjugated Latin verbs in third grade, or mastered this or that curriculum before everyone else, then I could protect them from all the -isms they will one day face. Their way would be easier by virtue of the education we provided. Yes, education opens doors, but I can't even guarantee what I'm teaching them today will be necessary tomorrow. Now, I can honestly admit, this is not why I home school. I mistakenly put my trust in curriculum. Since one of my super powers doesn't include foretelling the future, all we can show them is where to put their trust and how to gain the knowledge needed to live life fully and productively. Most importantly, I trust as Jewish author Harold Kushner describes in To Life! "that anything that should be one day will be-not always and not immediately, but ultimately things will turn out as they should."(p.175). I