I have felt the need for some time now for this and I am finally ready to begin it…
For the past year my email box has been overwhelmed with emails from you readers with homeschooling questions and questions on how we raise our family. Some questions are related to technically how we homeschool, how we homeschool/parent multiple children, what a typical day is like, how I handle having my children home with me on a daily basis, and so on. I get questions–sincere and genuine–from strangers I meet to very close friends. Whether they or you intend to homeschool or are simply looking for something different for your children, the outpouring of questions and interest reveals a great desire for change.
"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." Mark Twain
My personal experience with homeschooling my children could fill volumes of books: the good, the bad, the initial confusion and questioning, and the peace I fought for and gained. I’ve learned so many lessons about parenting, children, the wide open world, and how life’s experiences shape the individual. And for this reason, A Child Learns--the series—will become a special collection of posts that answers your sincere questions and tells of our journey.
I hope through the onset of these regular posts of my experiences, tips, motivation, and experimentation, you will come away with something substantial to translate into your home and with your family, whether homeschooled or not.
I hope this forthcoming space and discussion will encourage you to dig a little deeper, be a bit bolder in your community, and stand for what you believe in passionately. I hope you will rethink everything you do and why you go through the motions. I hope it will either strengthen those motions or dissolve them and leave you craving something more.
"Everything popular is wrong."
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
"The child does not merely observe the world around him. He does not shut himself off from the strange, complicated world around him, but tastes it, touches it, hefts it, bends it, breaks it.
To find out how reality works, he works on it."
"When you want to teach children to think, you begin by treating them seriously when they are little,
giving them responsibilities, talking to them candidly, providing privacy and solitude for them, and making them readers and thinkers of significant thoughts from the beginning. That's if you want to teach them to think." Bertrand Russell
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." - William Butler Yeats
And so our journey in this space begins…
the sleepy time gal