What a wonderful afternoon with girlfriends, some coffee and a warm fire. The snow is falling outside, and we are sitting inside, enjoying an (almost-) kids-free zone. Hubby had to stay home, because I needed someone to plow the driveway and to start my fire, without smoking up the house...Last time I started my very own first fire, the kids and I had to leave because smoke went anywhere but through the chimney...so this time, with company coming over I needed some assistance;0)
am very thankful that the girls actually made it, since it was the
first bigger snowstorm this and last year, the roads were actually
slippery and many had canceled. But the fearless made it up here and
I am very grateful for it, because I enjoyed a very fun-filled
afternoon. And special thanks to hubby for taking care of the kids, the
fire and the driveway;0)
Now, what has any of that to
do with the title: unschooling? Very easily explained. The girls and I
had a talk about schools, choices and ways of educating our children.
Our first-borns are going to join kindergarten or first grade in the
fall or next year and we are all facing the rounds of open houses in the
public school system. For some (in my mind not-so-)odd reason, I have
been exploring the idea of Unschooling. Unschooling is a form of
homeschooling, the most unorganized form of homeschooling, the so called
Well, I am facing a dilemma, because unfortunately my husband and I are not on the same page when it comes to
topic of schooling. Now I am trying to figure out for myself, why I feel so
strongly about homeschooling and if it is indeed something I should pursue or not, at least theoretically for now. I do
not have any homeschooling friends and if i talk to my "regular
schooling friends" it's hard to discuss the topic, because they haven't really much explored the idea.
want to get more in
touch with the topic and explore it with my children. Since Princess L
to start Kindergarten in September, I would love to decide what to
do, very soon. We are scheduled for an open house here at the Elementary
School in a couple of weeks. At the same time I want to connect with
people, who do home school. I also would love to discuss the topic more
in detail with hubby, but he is not so interested in joining the
conversation, because he is aware that it will be a difficult subject
for us, since our positions couldn't be more opposite.
Why, why homeschool? Why not send my children to school and enjoy the "time-off"? Why
do I need to worry so much about all of this? I just wonder, about how
much we give away, when we send our still so very young, very
vulnerable, impressible and gullible, 5 - or 6 year-olds off to school?
They will be dropped of in front of the building, they will be taught by
people we don't really know, they spent many hours with children of
their own age, without a break, time for a breather, by themselves, to
reflect, to understand all the emotions and new experiences, to process
the new images, rules, words. We pick them up, we expect exited
children, we expect grown, educated, well behaved children, who learn
and adjust, who fit in. Is that what I want for my children, to fit in?
Is it essential to fit in? Could they survive, without fitting in
completely? Could they actually be happier, if they didn't fit in? Or
would I destroy their chances of a happy life, if I rather homeschooled
I am very torn, because I feel so strongly about it all. What is
it all about? I am not able to answer that questions right now. I need
to keep exploring and maybe praying for an answer? Yes people, I pray.
And I will have to do so, in my little corner. Maybe that will show me
where to go from here.
Anyway, again, thank you ladies for visiting and spending the
afternoon. Thank you for inspiring conversations and lots of laughter. I
need much more of that very soon;0) Good night.