Was this post written in answer to my last post or was it heaven-sent?
This is a definite part of my mission, “…you will find at the end of this magnificent journey…..an adult who is able to THINK, who questions, who learns, who craves knowledge…..an EDUCATED adult”. This, she feels, is the difference between schooling and educating and it’s the latter that we home educators have a chance to succeed at.
Between having a great playdate with a fellow homeschooler, who’s very new to Bahrain, this post and some kind comments on my last post and a better day today, I feel much better! The first thing Edward did this morning was start a wonderful, imaginative role play game with his sister which went on for at least an hour – there was no way I was going to interrupt that to ‘educate’- I feel it was beneficial on so many levels. And then after that he asked me to read a whole Usborne book about Leonardo de Vinci which always stops and starts for interesting discussion. Yeah! And then after that we happily did a chapter of ‘Life of Fred’ maths followed by 20 minutes watching a DVD about the restoration of de Vinci’s ‘The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne’ which I hope we will be able to see in the Louvre this summer. After the playdate, the three of us spent a long time in the pool with neighbouring kids.
I feel that today was a day packed with educational opportunity, fun learning and exercise! I didn’t do ‘school at home’ and yet I felt I’d done a good job. I didn’t feed my insecurities by trying to push something ‘educational’. I didn’t even feel tempted because Edward did all the things I wished he do on an everyday basis. But it’s hardly fair for him not to have ‘off days’, like all of us, and this is what helps develop a love of learning – to be left alone on those days instead of pushed as he would be at school. I will learn I guess, as we go along! After all, it’s only been 3 months!
Thanks to all of you who sent me good vibes to keep up the good work! Maybe I was just really ready for the weekend!