I have just had a major revelation. My oldest ds is 4.5, so not even school aged yet. But homeschooling is on my radar for next year and with all the doubts and trepidations about this decision, it really is nice to be slapped in the face with reality.
I'm not usually one to care about what people say my kids "should be" doing. For the most part they hit their milestones on time or ahead, and they're healthy. But when our "parents as teachers" home educator gets on my case because my 2yo doesn't want to dress himself or I haven't taught my son how to do buttons and snaps, for a minute I get panicky, and I wonder if I'm not doing what I'm supposed to. But then I remember, my now 2yo WILL dress himself eventually. Plus, my 4yo walked in the room the other day and proclaimed that he taught himself how to snap his pants, and he was so PROUD of HIMSELF!
I know a little about unschooling, and it's just not something I'm comfortable with because my kids, although very bright, aren't really asking to learn anything or especially curious or industrious on their own....so it just doesn't feel right to me (right now!) Little by little, I am seeing that my kids will learn what they need to when they need to.
So, as I'm looking at homeschooling next year, and looking at curriculums...seeing all the stuff that he is "supposed" to know as a kindergartener, I again panic. Oh no! I have never taught him about patterns! He's 4 and I haven't showed him how to put things in a pattern! Well, just now, before my very eyes....he took his magnadoodle and a circle magnet and square magnet and said, "Mom look! Circle, square, diamond, circle, square, diamond, etc." Again, PROUD of HIMSELF that he had figured this out. What am I worrying about??
Is this what homeschooling is all about? Is this what unschooling is all about? What a real pleasure it was to watch my son discover something on his own rather than "look what the teacher showed me at school today."
I think I just became a homeschooler