I absolutely agree with this post by Nebby. Kids/the future generation needs a varied educational diet which will help them imagine and create their way out of the challenges they will face – be they technological or other challenges. Too much focus on the STEM subjects won’t, contrary to popular opinion, help them do this. What do you think?

Letters from Nebby

Dear Reader,

The upcoming Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival is on Charlotte’s 13th principle which reads as follows:

“In devising a SYLLABUS for a normal child, of whatever social
class, three points must be considered:
(a) He requires much knowledge, for the mind needs sufficient food as much as does the
(b) The knowledge should be various, for sameness in mental diet does not create appetite (i.e., curiosity)
(c) Knowledge should be communicated in well-chosen language, because his attention
responds naturally to what is conveyed in literary form.”

[“CM’s 20 Principles,” from Ambleside Online]

The part of this that really stands out to me is the second point, that the child requires a varied educational diet. In my own homeschool this year, I find that we are covering around nine subjects a day apart from the work my children do independently like their math and…

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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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  1. shaema imam says:

    I completely agree! The one statement that i found summarized my microbiology degree was a quote from the poet Khalil Gibran! So many times the STEM subjects are given clarity and lead to innovation when juxtaposed with art, nature and literature.

  2. Can you tell us the quote? That’s fascinating! And I LOVE Gibran!

  3. shaema imam says:

    “I learned the secret of the sea on meditation upon the dewdrop.” 🙂 One of my dear friends who was an artist gave me a rendering and illustration of this quote as a grad present beautifully handpainted on a tshirt so it brought in art also!

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