A much better day today and I didn’t feed my insecurities by trying to do ‘school at home’ – Month 3 of Learning at Home

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!



About homeschoolingpenny

Hi and welcome! My name is Penny and I used to live in Bahrain but In November 2012 moved to Dubai and now we live in Granada, Spain! If you want to contact me my email is pjmontford@hotmail.com. I recommend you start my blog on 'Day 1' but please enjoy whatever you dip into. 23 February 2012 marked the first day of no more school FOREVER for my two kids. Edward, who is nearly 10 had attended a variety of schools since he was very little. Petra, who is now 6, has never gone to school. On this date we decided Edward was never going back to school and Petra never would go to school. We hope to successfully homeschool from this day forward, although we would consider an alternative school as an option- if there was some amazing Sudbury or other really alternative school. Actually, I prefer the term 'home learning' than 'homeschool' because I don't like to think of school coming into our home. In fact, I hope to go further and guide/learn alongside, rather than teach, my kids using the 'unschooling' philosophy to instill a lifelong love of learning in them. We lived in the Middle East and now Spain all of which are very challenging places to home educate. This is an exciting journey that I used to blog about regularly, at first it was on an almost daily basis. Please join me on our travels and I hope we might be able to help each other out along the way. I certainly hope I can be a source of support and comfort and, in time, knowledge to all potential/presently participating homeschoolers/home educators/unschoolers. Good luck to us all! If you want to read about why I started home educating, why I pulled my son out of a 'very good' private school mid-term, how I felt at the very start and how my philosophy has evolved, please start from 'Day 1' of the blog. Please do post comments at the end of any days that you read. Your opinion is valuable and it's great to start up debate amongst other people commenting too, however old the post. Thank you for visiting homeschoolingmiddleeast.
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