Thank you blog-society. I suddenly feel the urge to make a decision–you all are responsible. Well, not entirely, but we’ve been pushed off the fence we’ve been dancing on for years.
The school issue has been one we’ve swayed on–only with the option of a local Spanish Immersion school that seems like an opportunity worth taking advantage of, however, the teaching methods are still the same, just in a foreign tongue. If there’s one thing I know about Naomi it is she does NOT learn, or even listen for that matter, sitting still. She is an up-n-at-em girl & no matter how amazingly awesome it would be for her to learn Español now, we just can’t cramp her style like that. (also, if we do find some rural place to call home soon, driving 30 minutes every morning seems silly if there’s a classroom right outside our door).
SO. What do we do? How do we effectively make sure she’s fed a nutritional education diet? Research. Fortunately, in recent months I have been following & delving more & more into this online blog community of moms–some homeschoolers–that have led me to Rudolf Steiner & the Waldorf style education based on hands-on & natural experiences–SO our style. It’s more about setting a tone of learning–of taking advantage of experience as a means of ‘getting-it’. EVERYONE wants to learn.
What is our plan? While we’re also fans of an “un-schooling” style we found a MOST delightful curriculum that reassures us: pressuring our child to know such ‘n such by such ‘n such time doesn’t always lead to success. It is based on some of the “Steiner” ideas & they ask each parent to closely look at approach & emphasize the rhythm of the home as the crux of learning & open-heartedness. The pattern & repetition helps us all be successful with our time & states of mind…Even if you’re not interested in homeschooling, reading this book is so enlightening.
Back to the blog-influence. I believe now we feel supported. Through blogs like this, this up & coming online magazine, & this blog which really couldn’t be more of what we envision for our future, we are now relieved & excited to have an idea to roll with–to have some guidelines in our minds-eye.
Anyway, this decision is not one made lightly, by any parent, and this alternative is the right fit for us. It is something we are in a place to do, and so…we do. 😉 Is this something you’ve considered? how did you find what was right for your family?
pics are from today’s lesson about the number 4. we talked about the 4 elements, the 4 seasons, squares & patterns–as much as Naomi wanted to do today. The #4 remains the constant through the week & our “curriculum” holds more crafting, activities, songs, & even exercises we can incorporate if we so choose. The verse is our own addition. Oakmeadow has a simple verse that they suggest for pre-learning warm up, but we find that prayer & scripture is more suitable for our family.