Lifestyle of Learning
I hear homeschoolers talk about "lifestyle of learning" and the "homeschooling lifestyle". What does this mean?
Response from design-your-homeschool.com
Let me explain what I understand by a lifestyle of learning.
Home Education is a lifestyle. Learning does not begin at 8.30a.m. and conclude at 2.00p.m. Learning is life- all of life- from the time we rise up, as we walk and talk, as we visit, as we read and study, as we play a game, as we cook, as we drive, as we prepare for bed. Deuteronomy 4:5-6 tells us that as parents, we are never off the hook. We are to be leading our children all the time. – “Follow me as I follow Christ,” says Paul and so should we.
This doesn’t mean that we don’t need to plan a structured day or be diligent to put academics into our daily plan. We do, but we do not assume that learning only happens when the books are out.
The questions around the dinner table tonight were as varied as can be, and I’m not really sure what sparked them off:
- Do dark colours absorb heat? (10yr old)
- What is this inside the middle of the bone? It’s yummy! (12yr old)- Discussion of marrow, red blood cells etc
- Water really isn’t blue! (10yr old)
- I love my little trees –broccoli (6yr old)
- Martin Luther- remember- he was the one who nailed the theses on the door of the church (12yr old)
Just before bed: "I have two teddies far away...... one not too far away – in a dead branch in a tree across at the park. He was hanging on to my garbage bag kite. And the other one which flew away over the houses on my plastic bag kite a while ago." (10yr old)
Children are such interesting persons!
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