We’ve transitioned Joe from ‘pre-school’ to Kindergarten this year. His curiosity has grown from ‘what’s’ to ‘why’s’ and he is eager to solve problems, try new things, explore and experiment.
He doesn’t need an organized curriculum to follow.
He doesn’t need a to-do list to check off.
He doesn’t need a schedule.
All he needs is his own curiosity and desire to learn, learn and learn some more.
These are all things that I need to stay focused.
need to feel like I’m on track with their education.
need to feel like I’m ‘doing it the ‘right way’.
But…what is the right way? The right way for my boys? I’m learning that it is different for each of them. That they each have their own way of learning, discovering and playing–every child does.
They aren’t clones of each other–no one child is the same.
Sure, they both like to play superheroes but one of them wants to be Batman and the other wants to be Flash.
One of them wants to solve puzzles and the other wants to build with Legos.
One of them wants to figure out how a robot works and the other wants to understand what the purpose of a robot is.
I’ve created a space, a room for the boys to go to learn.
When I told them that this was our schoolroom where we learn, I realized I was falling back into ‘school at home’ rather than ‘home school’.
That may seem like semantics, but there is a difference. We don’t just learn at school, we learn everywhere
Schooling at home is not what our original vision was. What originally attracted us to homeschooling was the ability to teach to each child’s learning style. We, or rather I, started to worry and fret that my kid would fall behind.
What if they don’t learn to read by the end of Kindergarten?
What if they fall behind their peers?
I frantically searched for a curriculum that would follow when they should learn what concept or subject.
We need worksheets so they can learn addition.
We need Bob Books so they can learn how to read.
We need, need, need so they don’t fall behind.
My husband talked me down off the ledge. He has worries too, but he knows in his heart that we are doing the right thing for our kids.
I called a friend who is also homeschooling and she shared her fears and worries and I learned that even the most confident parent has doubts about their decision to homeschool.
I know we’ll make mistakes, worry from time to time (or constantly) and we’ll have freakouts.
But in my heart of hearts, I’ll always know that you can’t stop a kid from learning and that our biggest job with schooling of any kind, is to foster and encourage that drive and love of learning.
Where do we learn boys?
Do we need one place to go?
We learn everywhere!