When I first began homeschooling I wrote a list (more like a book)of everything I was “not” going to do.
Already having a child in the public school system I saw first hand how a bright vibrant child was slowly drained of her individuality. Now this child is a young lady(21) and starting out on a journey of her own.
Well I was not going to have this happen twice so with my new list I jumped in and started to home educate my now 10 year-old daughter.We started to join in other homeschooling outings and began to “socialize” ;). People would ask me what curriculum I was using. I was like I don’t know common sense. Well by the looks I was given I thought maybe I should start doing some research on curriculum. All the while that little voice in the back of my head was saying but wait isn’t that what schools use?
That is when I discovered Waldorf education, now I had experts to back up my common sense theory ( I have since come to the conclusion that I could pretty much use anyone’s theory and make it fit what I believe).
Now don’t get me wrong there are things I love about Waldorf education and I truly believe that if Rudolf Steiner was alive today he would be shaking his head. What I loved most though was the freedom of here this is what I have learned now go and make it yours.
Very soon I began to forget the list “I” had made at the very beginning and replaced it with notes and notes of someone else’s. Before I knew it our home began to look more and more like school, even if it was “Waldorf” school.
All of a sudden we had a bunch of rules where happiness use to be and instead of protecting my child from the world I made her scared of it. Instead of lighting a spark about the world she was born into I put out the flame.
I might not exactly like where we are heading as a society with all this new technology but that does not mean that my children won’t. This is when I start to think about what people thought of Elvis and rock ‘n roll back in the 50’s (man if they could see it now). Would life be better today if rock ‘n roll was never invented? For me? No! Change doesn’t always have to be a bad thing.
Little by little my old list has made its way back out again and I have let go of everyone else’s.
Little by little I have started to say yes and have let go of no.
Little by little my children are finding new passions and I have let go of the words school day, schoolroom, and school year.
Little by little I am beginning to see all of what my children “are” doing and have let go of what they are not.
Little by little learning will no longer be separated from living and then I will have truly let go.
Wishing everyone a great weekend!