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We began educating our three children in 1985, when our eldest was aged five years. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn as they grew and explored and discovered this amazing world since the moment they were born. I am a passionate advocate of allowing children to learn unhindered by unnecessary stress and competition, meeting developmental needs in ways that suit their individual learning styles and preferences. Ours was a homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning family! There are hundreds of articles on this site to help you build confidence as a home educating family. I hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was!
How Our Daily Routine List Helps Us to Stay on Track
Beverley Paine, 1999
Most people don't really understand how a well rounded education can grow out of a full and busy life without structuring in some daily 'educational' activity. I can't separate education and life anymore - everything we all do is educational in some way. The trick is to 'see' it. I learned how to recognise the educational value of everyday activity by thorough record keeping in the early years of home learning.
Lists are an important tool I use to help organise and record our home educating life. They help us to stay on track and to feel reassured that the kids are getting a well-rounded education.
This my 'to do' list for today, mapped out a few minutes ago as I drink my morning cuppa. Most days I write a list of things we want to get done or begin working on and everyone adds to it. This list writing is essential, if we are to get what we want done completed - otherwise we can't keep on top of our needs and wants!
Writing the list is actually goal setting, if you think about it. When the lads get up (they are still in bed) they will add to the list, and Robin has gone to work for the day.
The list isn't in any order - we usually do what we feel like and simply aim to get as much done.
Most days look something like this. We usually never finish everything on the list and some things are pushed over into the next day and so on. When Robin is home we focus less on computer based activity and get out and about more, often enjoying a picnic lunch and walk down the beach or national park. Every Thursday we go to Adelaide where Roger does Circus training with his friend Dan, and we visit with our April.
It's a full and busy life, with plenty of learning opportunities occuring across the 'curriculum areas'. There are never enough hours in each day. Next year I hope to squeeze study in professional communication and writing into this busy lifestyle, and I'm always open to the guys picking up some tertiary level subjects if they feel inclined - we'd make room in our daily schedule, somehow! But for now we simply immerse ourselves in those things that excite us and confront us resulting from everyday life!
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