(All of the above were a result of self-directed activities, not assignments.)
A blogging friend, Adrie, and I happened to both be wondering how the other "did it all". This conversation led to this six-week series, "Get Real". Seven women (all of us mothers) from different parts of the United States with different views and beliefs, but with so much more in common, are sharing our voices each week. This week we share about work and creativity.
We have learned at home together now for over 19 years - since the day our oldest was born:)
Our learning has looked differently throughout the years, but one underlying belief remains - that children don't actually learn unless they are interested, engaged, and preferably intrinsically motivated.
Do I always follow my unschooling instincts? No --- far too often I let fear creep in. You would think after doing this for so long I would be confident that children learn what they need to when they need to. (I really do believe this!) I worry that they won't develop self-discipline if I don't set daily expectations, or if they choose to go to college I need to at least present them with the basics. I worry that if I don't meet the state's expectations, we will get into trouble.
So, I compromise my beliefs. We have an abbreviated more formal home learning that can be completed in a short amount of time and then the rest of the day is filled with self-directed, interest-led learning, fun, play, etc. and some around the home expectations such as gather firewood and a couple of chores.
I desire each of our children to develop a love of learning, a passion for utilizing the gifts God has given them. For the most part I can see this happening but then there are days where I will hear, "I hate school work," and I just want to throw that part of our day out the window because deep down I know that isn't how it should be because learning should never be misery.
One of my favorite home learning inspirations is Renee at Fimby.
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