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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
We develop ideas that can grow and change over the years that I think we adapt in some form or another to the various needs and personalities of each of children.
I do not think our children are all of kind or one mould fits all. However that being said, I also think we are not being true to our children if we treat them all the same way in regards to the opportunities that arise in regards to the many personalities they have.
Sure I do mean that we remain true to the values and goals that are important to our family for each child, but within that structure that is unchanging is the very real fact that we may have to change the way in which we do thing with a particular child or children due to the way they respond to various aspects of life.
In our education of our children i think this needs to be very much in the for front our our minds.
Our children are individuals, they do learn differently from each other, they DO have differing gifts and talents and we CAN and SHOULD adjust our own goals to the better goals that are being presented to us by our children.
After all isn't this one of the best advantages of home education our children. We know our children better than any teacher ever could and we have the opportunity along with the care and love of that child to do what is in their best interests even if it does not conform with what we had planned for their educational needs this year.
I love to plan exciting and interesting things for our children's education. I try to document our plans and achievements both here and on my Learning Blog. I know I don't cover nearly all of what our children learn but I do try to focus on their interests and needs.
Now just because I have gone to great effort to plan the learning for our childrenI have quite often found that what I thought would be a great study truly wasn't what we 'clicked' with at all. Our children tell me often that I over plan and over estimate what we can do on any given project or feast day.
So when I opened my heart to hear the difficulty that our dear Vellvin was having in her learning I had to adjust my expectations with what was best for her. The programme we had discussed at the beginning of the year and re adjusted after Trahaearn was born was not a good mix for Vellvin. In fact as she has gotten older I think any form of timed or page requirements is not good for her general health and well being.
I found that our little girl was totally stressed out with the expectations of the 'school' day alongside the business that happens in a large family and the routines and expectations of that over the course of a day. And so fresh from the reading of
Homeschooling with Gentleness: A Catholic Discovers Unschooling,
I found the courage to LET GO and allow her to direct her own learning with some input form me and some overall supervision and interaction with her on a daily basis.
Really this is not so much different from our normal routines except the pressure was off to 'perform' a certain amount to work each day.
I can tell you that after Vellvin created her list:Vellvin's learning Aspirations at the moment
that we have a very excited and happy learner again. Vellvin is learning with joy and excitement, pursuing those interests that she has now. This may change over time BUT for now this is what she is interested in and I see the spark and love of life returning to her. How I missed it in our sweet and joyous girl. The burden of 'learning for the sake of learning' was crushing her sweet and generous nature. What a lose that was to her and to us.
So for our girl at this time I am thankful that we can do this for her and encourage her to fulfil her purpose in life with joy and peace in her heart and thus ours too.
Blessings to you and your homes,