I often tell other home educators that there is no right or wrong way to home educate, only the way that works for you and your family. It appears I could do with remembering that piece of advice myself!
Sometimes I find autonomous home education a struggle… There I said it!
However, not in the sense that I find it hard to deal with as it’s very much a part of our lifestyle, but in the sense that I find it difficult to just *trust* that small will learn everything he needs to know, just by following and encouraging his interests. Mostly because it’s a completely different way of learning and goes against everything we have been taught education is in school.
Recently I’ve been getting concerned that he isn’t reading yet, and that he hasn’t wanted to do maths. Especially when we have had a tough day, when there have been meltdowns and we have generally been finding it difficult to negotiate with him on that particular day, or he doesn’t ‘appear’ to have learned anything (usually it’s actually that he’s processing what he’s learnt and just needs a bit of ‘chill’ time).
Now we seem to have gone full circle, by letting him follow his interests like Minecraft, he is now showing an interest in reading and maths because he needs to calculate what he needs to build in the game, and he enjoys making signs and asks me for any spellings he needs. There’s also been a bit of science thrown on with TNT explosions and he’s learnt that lava sets things on fire (and that if he puts a Pig in it makes bacon… he finds that particularly funny) and water puts them out!
Through his love of games, he has rediscovered his love of reading eggs and mathseeds and is playing them pretty much everyday at the moment (sometimes while snuggling which is lovely), as a result he’s picking up words and starting to read (however he point-blank refuses to tell us what things say if we ask! After all he’s ‘not a performing monkey’ – his words!)
It so amazing to watch him as he works it all out and be part of his journey. I wouldn’t have it any other way.