Why would you take your kids out of school? This mum of four explains.
For us, home schooling means freedom.
Freedom to chose where, when and how we learn. Children, people, all of us, are constantly learning. My kids never stop learning; giving them freedom within that process I feel is a basic human right.
I was good at school. I loved to learn and I was an information sponge. But I remember being continually confronted by the fact I had no choice but to go to school, 5 days a week, rain, hail or shine until I was ‘done’, Such a crushing weight of expectation.
I have photos from my graduation day with me beaming in every one. I was so happy, because I was finally free. To me, despite being a good student, school was a shackle I had to endure. Imagine a world where, when you went for a job, and were told you must stay in that job for the next 12 years, no matter what, and you couldn’t leave. No adult would accept that, but we impose it upon our children.My husband and I decided that our kids did not have to experience that kind of restriction, and lack of choice. We felt confident that would could provide a terrific education for our kids. We are both natural learners, and natural researchers, and we feel we are passing those traits on to our kids.
I have studied so much about home education and theories of learning I feel confident that this is the best way for our kids to learn.
Our freedom, in the day-to-day of home schooling, means we choose how we learn, when we learn and what we learn. My eldest daughter (13) is a reader, and she learns best through books and talking about what she has read. My second daughter (9) is visual and auditory, so she learns best with videos, songs and computer based information. My third daughter (6) loves book work and drawing and writing. My son (6) is an absolute information sponge, who is constantly asks questions and has to know everything. He taught himself to spell fire truck at 3 years of age, so he could Google it!
We can learn from any format we like, we can draw maps, or we can spend hours looking at Google earth. We can read books, or listen to audio books.
Each child is unique, and home schooling allows me to best teach each of my children in the way that best suits them. It is a learning environment of a 4:1 student teacher ratio on our home days and 4:100's in experiences, on the days we interact in our community.