When you first started Fun-Schooling with Thinking Tree Books you were probably feeling kind of overwhelmed with all the options to choose from, not sure how to build a curriculum for your child. You just look at all these beautiful books and wonder what’s inside and wonder…
Will my child be able to embrace this style of learning?
Is it enough?
Is it really okay that they are not learning all the sames things the grandparents studied in the 1950’s?
Can Fun-Schooling really provide a well rounded education when the whole point is for the child to dig deep into their specific passions and interests?
So many questions, fears, worries all mixed with the joy and wonder of discovering a way of learning that makes total sense!
So you dip in your toes, and maybe your child just gets it and is already diving into the deep end.
Or maybe you get it because you read Brave Learner and Unschooling Rules and The Unhurried Homeschooler and it all is the perfect fit for the homeschooling plan of your dreams… But your child has been so scarred by “kill and drill” learning methods that they resist EVERYTHING.
Or maybe you were so relaxed in the past, and gave your soul over to radical Unschooling, and now your child scoffs at your efforts to get more organized with Fun-Schooling… because they would rather play Fortnight, and doesn’t that matter anymore? They fuss and cry at ALL structure.
So we plan, we dream, we fight, we cry, and we let go, and then we hold on tight because that’s motherhood.
And all you know is that trying to be a teacher is no fun, because your child actually can not sit still, and you know in your heart your child was not created to sit still… Children need to be free within safe boundaries, to learn when curiosity sparks, to discover who they are, what love is, and to learn to think deeply, live passionately, to grow through the growing pains and to learn to navigate this Earth, with wisdom.
And so you balance freedom with responsibility.
You measure out the boundaries of purpose and pleasure.
You walk the path ever-changing, never knowing where this road will lead… because it’s full of wonder, and questions, and struggle, and newness, and growth. And just when you think you mastered the game, the rules change, the seasons change, the relationships change, and life happens…
And it’s oh so messy.
And you wonder how you could ever prepare a child for the unknown future of a changing world.
You study the child. You seek to understand their individual gifts, weaknesses, passions and learning styles. You adapt your strategy to their personality and everything keeps changing. And then they are gone.
Go ahead and cry, because this is every mother’s journey and even more so when you take on the great responsibility of giving your child an education that was dreamed up, just for them.
I hear you. I see you. I’m on this journey too.
And I hope that all that I have been through raising 15 vastly unique children, each with gifts and problems all their own, and dreams so diverse it’s enough to make you crazy. And somehow, after about 16 years of doing this Homeschooling Mom thing, I quit.
Come back soon for my next post, to find out what I did next!