The time after the Christmas hols can be a bit gloomy! Families go back to work, back to school and back to routine.
So I always felt a sense of joy that home education didn’t have to be like that. It was like restarting an exciting adventure of doing it a bit differently!
Course, it’s a fine line between excitement and sheer panic. But then it was the same with the children in school, except none of it was exciting.
Panics like whether they’re really well enough to go, whether they’re going to be in trouble because they’re bored, whether they’re going to be picked on again – and I don’t just mean by the other children! And why they had a radical personality change in term time and always looked so glum.
Home Education took those panics away. They children remained mostly well, they had radiant smiles and remained cooperative, motivated, achieved and were great to be around. We just loved being and learning together.
There is a view that children have to ‘get used’ to school stresses to harden them to life’s stresses. But we, and other home educating families like us, feel that this is not the case. Children learn how to deal with stress as and when they need to because they are confident, competent and in charge of their education and their lives, have learnt that they have some control over it and how to manage it.
Besides, there are a few things about education that we learnt as home educators that belie what you might think from schooling:
- Education doesn’t have to be stressful.
- It doesn’t have to be a fast and furious treadmill to be effective. Nor dulled with routine.
- It doesn’t have to be constantly measured (or tested) to be successful.
- Neither does it necessarily need to be structured, timetabled, curriculum bound or age related, to work well, although all of these are useful tools at times.
- Children learn better when they’re relaxed, engaged with and enjoying their learning.
- And it doesn’t take years and years of practice to learn something. Children learn very quickly when they’re inspired, motivated, developmentally ready and see the purpose, are stimulated and happy!
- Which means they have far more time for other personal pursuits; as developmentally valuable as anything labelled education!
There are plenty of home educated young people now out in the world living successful and productive lives who are living proof.
Just wanted to remind you of those things as you settle back into your home education after Christmas! Although when you lead a home educating life, learning never ceases does it!