This is a very simple post full of wisdom. I really try to be the fuel and the fan. Enjoy! Thanks ‘Nourishing Genius’!

Nourishing Genius

Every child is born with a spark of genius in them (or divinity, potential greatness, or whatever term you prefer), which has the potential to become the thing they are better at than anyone else in the world. Our role as parents (in addition to tending to physical needs and safety) is no more or less than to fan this spark and fuel it as needed. Here’s how I fan and fuel that spark:

FUEL

Fueling refers to facilitating, or creating a nutrient-rich environment for the whole child.

  • Fill your bookshelf with good books and visit the library regularly
  • Fill your home with good music and artwork, art supplies, tools and/or instruments for the children to play with and learn how to use when they feel inclined
  • Experience fine arts performances and museums
  • Allow them to be outside and explore nature

 

FAN

Fanning the flame refers to mentoring

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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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