Tuesday, May 17, 2016

This is relaxed homeschooling

This year of school is winding down. Since our family homeschools year-round, this means that certain classes may be ending but others are beginning. A couple weeks ago Deborah and Hannah started their new math books. Amelia is a little over half done with hers. They aren't always at grade level. Sometimes they jump ahead and sometimes fall behind a bit. We just started a Logic co-op class, and will possibly be starting a history/geography co-op class. These will last a few of months, and then be replaced with something else. The goal is never to drill or memorize useless facts, but to create a pattern of asking a question and then seeking the answers. Our weekly commitments will shift. They won't end, but will hopefully fit our current phase of life better for now. I finally made the transition to in-home guitar lessons for Deborah, so our Tuesdays just got a bit busier, but our Wednesdays will be much more open. The Tang Soo Do classes we started last fall will continue year round, taking the place of the 3 hours of PE on Thursday afternoons. Since we are done with our annual PE program, I'm busy looking for art classes to fill the Thursday time slot.
"Graduation" is next week for us, but learning will continue regardless. My son will officially be done with high school, not next Monday, but when he passes his GED. Although my girls will be technically promoted next Monday, their annual evaluations won't be till early June. Summer will slow down in some areas, but pick up in others. We will be taking advantage of day camps to get in large blocks of learning. I'll most likely be teaching sewing again, not to my children this time, but to a group of girls in nearby cities. This is the life of a homeschooler who is actively trying to re-think education. This is what anti-establishment, authority questioners become eventually. This is the result of over 24 years of questioning why the education system does what it does. This is the logical conclusion of applying the "Lost Tools of Learning" and not allowing schools to "kill creativity." If you want help transforming your child's education, contact me. I've been doing this with my kids for 18 years. I promise you will mess up. I promise you will regret some things. But I promise you will not be bored, and your children will benefit.* *In a few cases, children are better off in traditional classrooms. The majority of folks who don't think they can homeschool, however, either confuse true education with the ridiculous elaborate system of educational day-care we currently have available to us or are willing to sacrifice their children's education for a higher income. Harsh? Perhaps. Go ahead... comment your thoughts.

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