My favourite thing about home education is the slow pace of life. There is no need to rush around anymore, no screaming and stressing to just get dressed and get out of the house. No snapping at each other in the evenings because we are tired and have a billion jobs to do. We can savour each and every moment and take the time to truly find the joy.
Even though I have a rough plan of what I would like us to achieve by the end of each week/term/year. We aren’t restricted by the 9am – 3pm school day. Learning is happening all of the time for us.
This leaves us all room to have days where we just choose joy all day!
We rode to a local free museum and spent the afternoon playing holiday. I was a pilot, taxi driver, concierge, chef and tour guide.Some people may argue that this is spoiling children, that children need the structure, boundaries and rules that schools force upon them. That days spent like today are wasted or we have achieved nothing. Well I argue that we have achieved a damn lot! Little Bean learnt the important lesson of perseverance and patience when trying to learn a new skill. Big Bean improved her road safety and helped guide us across busy roads. They paid for their own hot chocolates. We stopped many, many times on our way to look at snails, plants, architecture. We talked about history and engineering, we helped an elderly lady carry her tray and discussed respecting and helping others. And when we got home the girls offered to help me with some chores around the house, then voluntarily did some maths work.
But the most important lesson that I think I am teaching my children by saying YES, by choosing JOY, by allowing them a slow fulfilled childhood is that this is their lives, and while yes all of the boring stuff still needs to be done, they essentially get to choose how to spend each day, they get to choose what knowledge they wish to gain.