It is getting very close to September. In our house that means back to school. A welcome change for all of us. More time for me to spend with my daughter and more time for my boys to spend with their friends learning new and exciting things.
At the beginning of August just after purchasing some new pants and a few t-shirts for my boys, my 5 year old said to me "Mommy, I'm homeschooling this year". We have a few friends who home school so this is not a foreign concept to him. I said "oh sweetie, we'll see". He has been persistent for weeks about not going to school. When people ask him if he is excited he tells them point blank "I'm not going to school".
My yoga mind is torn. I want to be present and accepting in what my child wants and probably knows what is best for himself. At the same time - we all went to school and did fine. I have been doing my research (for years I think). I have come to the conclusion that I am a home schooler who sends her kids to school.
As a parent I do believe that in most cases our children do know what is best for them. Encouragement sometimes helps but if a child says they are scared or not ready, they know when they will be. If I think of myself being an adult if I am not interested in doing something for whatever reason, encouragement does not always help. Sometimes it makes it worse.
I have the tools I am ready to home school. The other part of the equation is that my husband is not in favor of the home school. He believes that we all went to school, our kids should too. I am normally in charge of most of the activities, school choices and programs that our children do. I am torn to ignore what my husband feels is best with doing what I think is best. After all I will be the one doing the work right!
Right now, listening to my son seems to be what matters most. In my mind home schooling seems like such a gentle approach to learning. The child learns at his or her pace. Has plenty of one on one time with the "teacher". Does not waste time learning things that he already knows but other kids may not. Learns things that he or she is interested in rather than what the teacher wants to teach that day. Home schooling to me really falls in line with yoga philosophy, being kind, gentle and listening and knowing your self. Also following tradition of one teacher, one student.
It just makes sense to me. Let's see if I can help it make sense to my husband...