The Art of Home Education – * – Invision Education

Let the journey be shaped by the curiousity of the child…

About Home Education

Being able to give your child the gift of your time and attention, is a true gift. It is great to have the opportunity to teach them to have respect for all living creatures, to have respect for all things in life in a way that feels right. When our children were born we made them a promise:

Along your journey here,

We promise to be there for you

To guide you

To inspire you

And to love you

For us homeschooling is part of that promise. Home education and eclectic paganism go hand in hand in lots of ways. We have more time to spend with our children and teach them about nature and all the other things that are important to us and to them. That it is important for instance, to help someone who is in need. Our goal for our boys is that they have the possibility to go to any university they want and more important is becoming a spiritual self-fulfilled and a good person.

People around us say “how will you do it? We don’t have time!” To be honest, so far it works for us and time will tell. We have a very flexible schedule and can go where our boy(s) needs to be.

So Why Home Education?

My husband and I both made the choice for home education a couple of years ago when our oldest was still a baby. We were looking into schools in our city and couldn’t find a school that fit our beliefs, our values. Actually, we both thought of the option of home education without knowing it from the other and luckily we BOTH made the choice for home education. We value our beliefs and wanted our little boy to grow up in a stable environment where our beliefs where carried out by everyone around him. How different our life would have been if we would have had different opinions. But that was not the case, this is just our way.

We incorporated home education in our way of living. You can say that everything and nothing is education. Opportunities for education are everywhere! It is a way of living. Our oldest will turn four in a couple of months and in a playfull way, based on his interests we offer him an eclectic kindergarten curriculum. Which means that we are not afraid to mix and match different styles based on our child needs.

At this moment, the most important things that keep us occupied during the day are going outside enjoying nature and socializing. And while we are outside we are learning a lot about all the things we see and of course from the people we meet. All this is and will be part of our curriculum.

Socialization

This is THE question we get most of the time. And of course, there are some children that need the school environment to thrive but we have found that our boy does well without it. But back to the question I hear so many people ask is, “What about the socialization aspect?” And by the gods I dislike that question as so do many of the home educators I know. How is a child that runs around home education meetings and other social activities with all those other children unsocialized? And think about how many times he has to answer this exact question.

We don’t want our children to end up in the current ratrace of becoming the fastest, etc. We want them to enjoy their journey of learning and exploring. To be kind and considerate and to be able to take care of themselves, eachother and others.

Just remember life isn’t a race. It is the journey that matters and you now have the possibility to live your dream!

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8 comments on “About Home Education

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  2. expatsincebirth
    July 6, 2013

    This is very interesting. Thanks for this post. I must add that in many primary schools nowadays children are enjoying learning by exploring, playing: school system have changed a lot during the last 20 years. Maybe homeschooling is a good alternative for the first years, but I observe how important peers become when the kids are 7 years upwards. They are already earlier for several things, but when they reach a certain age, it’s even more important. How are children around 8-9 and older children reacting to homeschooling when they see that most of their peers go to school every day? When they visit places with you during schooltime and don’t see any other children: don’t they question this?

    • Dear expatsincebirth,

      Thank you for your reaction and thanks for your question. We have a lot of activities with other homeschooling families. I see it as my responsibility for our children to be able to interact during schooltime as well with other people and children. Apart from that, they do know that children that are not homeschooled are in school during school hours. So it is normal for them that they can be somewhere without other children around. And they don’t experience it as a problem.

      Maybe other moms who are homeschooling their children like to reply with their experiences.

    • Dear Expatsincebirth,

      I reposted your question on our facebookpage. Other moms who are homeschooling their children have responded here to your question.

      Kind regards

      • expatsincebirth
        July 10, 2013

        Thank you very much! I need to know more about all this. I’m sorry if my questions seem to be a bit inappropriate for someone who has lots of experience in homeschooling. I’ll try to read all your posts about this. Thanks again!

      • Dear Expatsincebirth,

        No worries! It is better to ask questions and get answers than walk around with the questions and wonder (although wondering is good too) and never get an answer at all. Before we started homeschooling I read a lot of different blogs of other people who are homeschooling their children. Especially in the Netherlands, it is not that common. So don’t hesitate, feel welcome, and keep those questions coming. 🙂

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