I’m not the best blogger, nor do I have the biggest group of fans nor am I even sure outside of my own family do I have “followers” To be honest, i am not sure that I even want to know. I don’t blog for money, I am not that funny nor do I have that much to say. We homeschool, we live life, we learn by doing, being and just living our every day life. My boys learn what it means to take care of a garden by helping me, grandma, granny and papa. They help plant, water and watch those seeds grow and sprout into something amazing.
The help take truck loads of dirt down by the creek to be offloaded, spread out and help make a pathway. Sure we could do this ourselves, get it done faster maybe even better, but then what are we teaching our boys? That they aren’t helpful? That we don’t want them around? The best way we can teach them is to let them do and be with us. Isn’t that part of homeschooling? We want them to learn at their pace, what they enjoy, yet still learning math reading writing and all the other stuff?
I know my bys aren’t perfect. I know my oldest hates writing and may have a slight dyslexic issue, but we don’t dwell on it. He can learn in spite of any issues thrown at him. He learns because we are there by his side every day of his life. Am I worried that he doesn't like to write? No. Am I worried because he isn’t fond of reading? No. I haven’t found his passion yet.
These are the joys of homeschooling. Class doesn’t end at 3:00 or 3:15. Class is never really over. They learn when we cook, get our hair cuts, drive to grandma's or go on vacation. There are so many things that they can learn in a day. We just have to take the time to teach them. I want them to learn in a way that they remember, not in a way that is forced on them.
I choose to homeschool so that my boys can learn at their level and their pace and with the knowledge that it is okay to fail, to be different, to not follow the crowd. Not all learning comes from textbooks.
So as I go into this next year looking at curriculum or what I would like to teach my boys, I also have to leave room for their curiosity. After all they are the reason we choose to homeschool.
What are your plans for next year? Have you decided on a curriculum?