Deschooling the Easy Way...
by Beverley Paine, Dec 2018
Here's an easy way to deschool - consider yourself and your child on permanent holiday from school!
Now, what would you do if you could do anything you wanted to within your means today?
What's that burning thing you wanted to do but didn't have time last week, last month, last year?
What was that game you wanted to play?
Where was that place you meant to get around to visiting?
What was that thing you wanted to have a go at making?
Who did you want to catch up with?
Where did you put that book you wanted to read, that movie you wanted to watch, the documentary that you never found time to watch all the way to the end?
I reckon I could name half a dozen answers for each of those questions for myself and I'm sure I could build a much bigger list if I was thinking of answers that included the grandkids.
And that's the key to home educating - it's not all about the children. They are living and learning from life within a home, a community and society. They learn from observing people - and we're (the parents) are people. As we go about living full, busy, constructive and contemplative lives our children are learning. When we include them, engage with them, invite them to help and participate they are learning.
Holidays can be lots of fun...
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