Interest-led life-learning

I often feel that the label “homeschoolers” doesn’t quite match how we spend our days. If ‘homeschooling’ implies that we replicate what schools do at our dining room table, follow their scope and sequence and that I fulfill the role of ‘teacher’ – it doesn’t fit us at all.
Schools, just by the nature of how they need to run, teach kids that they show up, sit down, and that the teacher will tell them and teach them what they need to know. My kids might seem especially curious because they have not received that message from anyone or anywhere. We do not ‘spoon feed’ them information on topics saying, ‘here, this is what you need to learn, no go committ it to memory’. Quite on the contrary, I watch carefull for interest and questions and then provide with as much of it as I can get them in forms that are natural and in the context of living and learning together.
Several friends and family members have pointed out to me that I have a gift to turning everyday learning experiences into ‘education’. I really feel that everyday situation are much more meaningful and inately educational than a more cerebral approach. I also feel that my kids are incredibly inquistive and curious about the world around them.
Mikey wanted to know why the toy that was marked $7.99 cost him $8.55. A quick dicussion, on the spot, about the 7% sales tax means much more to him than my buying a unit study and workbook on “Money”. Providing him a weekly allowance and letting him figure out what he needs to save and spend also means much more when it relates to ‘real life’. When he asks me what MPG displayed on my fuel gauge means, it is far superior to a word problem in a textbook.

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