some bird-theme-learning just as last year
Sometimes I find myself worrying about the learning process of my eldest son BY. I doubt sometimes if the learning environment I offer him at home is giving him enough input and inspiration to grow. He is six now and a quiet well developed boy, subhanallah: he is curious, creative, intelligent, independent and strong, tbarakallah, and he is eager to learn and to explore the world.
Over the last year, since baby was born, our homeschooling was much more an “unschooling” in the very meaning of the word. We didn’t follow any curriculum nor did we do a lot of learning in general. It took a long time for me to establish and adjust a new family rhythm and to get used to care for three kids.
Also I had so much else in my mind, personal stuff and the school project organisation, so that I simply had neither energy nor motivation to provide an encouraging learning atmosphere. Most days I yearned for the evening and some free me-moments to come, mashaallah. I often felt guilty and was worried about BY’s learning achievements.
But looking back now, it seems as if he learned and grew a lot during the last year, alhamdulillah, maybe not as much about reading, writing and maths as before, but he definitely established great social skills and became the big caring brother, subhanallah. I think he needed that time to grow into his new role just as I did.
So I try to take things now a bit easier and to take a more relaxed approach to the whole learning thing, keeping in mind that he still is a little child and we do not have to push him out of his carefree dreamy childhood too early.
I try to remind myself that the whole world and every day life serve already as a great classroom, but my aim for the next months is to put again more energy into conscious unschooling and to provide a richer environment, even if it is simply by more reading aloud to the kids, by going on walks, playing, crafting and sometimes really learning together, inchaallah.
I have two books that are a great source and inspiration and I really recommend them to all (unschooling) moms:
Mary Griffith: ”the unschooling handbook” and Lucy Calkins: “Raising Lifelong Learners”.
How do you organise your (homeschooling) days? Do you follow a rhythm, a curriculum or the mood of your children? – Any good advice especially for moments of boredom?
Happy Friday, friends!