The following is from my 2008 journal, but still so true:
On our first school day, in 2001, we were ready for school at exactly 8am. We had textbooks out, the United States flag out, and our students (ages 6 and 4) sat perfectly still at their desks, while the baby ……. ah, yes, the baby. He interrupted, the preschooler fidgeted and the 6yo was soon distracted. I realized our homeschool can’t be exactly like a “real” school.
Our school day yesterday, in 2008 and 7 years after that first day, began after a morning of chores and waking slowly. The 5 year old was taught how to fry her own egg, baby animals (ducklings, chicks, bunnies) were visited and fed, the 12 year old dictated to the 10 year old who wrote what he read, a little work was done on math worksheets, the 8 year old read to the 10 year old, classical music played in the background, and at one point (for nearly an hour because we just couldn’t stop) we all gathered around the table for a read-aloud of Anne of Green Gables.
Homeschooling has been so much easier and our days have been much less frustrating since we chose to learn from life and good books instead of from what I thought school had to be.
How has your homeschool – or school classroom – changed over the years?
A note to you: On Sundays, now and then, I write a bit about how our family homeschools our children. Freely Educate is for all educators from all over the world and from varied backgrounds. I love that! This is just how we teach… now I’d love to hear how you educate children in the comments below.
That’s our little one in the photo, taken by me in 2011
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