Let’s compare homeschool to a wardrobe.
You have a variety of pieces to choose from.
Some are worn and well-loved.
Some are new and need to be tried on.
Some have holes in them and need to be repaired.
Some are no longer functional and need to be thrown out.
This is absolutely comparable to the way we school. We aren’t a uniform kinda family. We like our options.
We are the stripes with polka dot people.
Plaid on plaid.
Print on print.
Print on plaid on polka dots.
and just when you think we’re going to show up in worn out holey denim and a stained Mickey Mouse tee shirt, we come at ya smooth and classy in all black with red lipstick and heels.
Where are we going right now?
Oh yea. Not to dinner. To school.
There are several different methods/styles (Classical, Charlotte Mason, Montessori, Unschooling, just to name a few).
We like to try them all on, which has us generally landing in the Eclectic style of home educating.
We dabble and pull from all kinds of styles until we’re working with the best fit for us.
I say all of this to preface this point:
No one way is the only way.
This works for us.
It may not work for you.
and that’s okay.
It took two years of homeschooling before I figured this out.
I can buy a curriculum now and not feel mandated to use every single component.
I can research a learning style and not feel required to implement every single aspect.
I can receive a suggestion and not feel pressured to apply it.
Once I figured this out, our schooling that took on a freedom that sparked both in myself as a teacher and my kids as learners.
If I announce right now that we have some school to do, I will undoubtedly hear cheers and yays and tiny feet running over whereas there was a time where that announcement brought groans and eyerolls and attitudes all over.
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” -William Butler Yeats
I love these words. I love them dearly and not only because we literally light things on fire sometimes for “projects”, but because the objective in my teaching right now is to give these little ones a craving for knowledge and a passion for seeking it.
So right now we stride in our ripped denim and worn out stripes, while will we even get out of pajamas tomorrow?