Wednesday, January 25, 2012

on my mind

i am so grateful to be based at home with my little man

it has been such the right decision

and from now? he is turning five this year and we are surrounded by talk of school, steiner kindy and well meaning folks asking why he is not in school already (he is big for his age)

sigh...i am going to go visit various schools so i know what i am talking about when we discuss education

my background is one of public schooling in a rough area - Jed's papa went to his local schools too - yet in all my 16 years away from NZ i was around homeschooling and unschooling, or steiner schooled kids. There is so much to consider, and it is such a personal decision...what feels right for your child, your family. So much seems down to a good teacher, someone who is called to that work, who sees your child for who they are and can bring the world alive for them regardless of what curriculum is set.

We already do a kind of homeschooling on the weekday mornings. This has simply evolved. It is needed. (This is the kid who wakes super early asking questions like 'what does ignominiously mean mama?'). There is no schedule, sometimes there are plans, it is always fun and always something Jed indicates interest in. I love where these learning journeys take us.

We learn so much better when we want to. I hope that love of learning and exploration stays alive for this small person whatever the route we take.

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