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Musings and (mis)adventures of a homeschooling city mum

Homeschooling - baby steps

If you're just beginning your homeschool journey, or thinking about homeschooling, read on...

Hello friends,

The first question that people ask when I say the "H" word is "Why?"

From my understanding, this is what it translates to most often: "Why go outside a perfectly well working system and reinvent the wheel?"
I'll try to explain very simply why I chose to go outside this perfectly well working system called school.

Close your eyes and imagine for a second that you are being given a block of wood. Do not cheat.
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Done ? Now try to fit it in these holes.







Most people imagine this as their block of wood.






No wonder it fits.

But little human beings are not perfectly shaped blocks of wood. We have our own imperfections, differences, learning styles, abilities and talents. We are not all meant to fit in the same square hole.  How will all of us enjoy learning the same concepts at the same time that are being delivered the same way without accounting for our differences? The holes are perfectly designed, neatly cut. A person is specifically trained to pick up each block and fit it in a hole. The blocks are well groomed, loved and handed over to this person so they can try to fit them in the holes. Now the challenge is, these blocks are not the same size or shape. Some blocks fit, some don't. 

What do we do with the ones that don't fit? We apply external pressure -  use a hammer or a sandpaper / break them / somehow try to change their shape so that they fit. Extra classes, tuitions, shadow teachers, learning aides, accomodations, IEPs just so they could come at par with the other blocks and fit in the holes exactly as others are. To succeed on the parameters that have been designed by a third person who probably knows nothing about their unique talents.

What if I tell you they don't have to fit in this hole? What if I tell you that YOU, as a parent, hold the power to change the shape of this hole? Your children do not need to learn at the same pace and at the same place as 19 others are. They don't need to struggle with bright lights and overwhelming sounds if they can't. They do not need fidgets and sensory breaks in order to "focus" in the huge distracting room. They can learn anywhere that they like, any concept that they like and at a speed that they like. As a lead learner, the parent has the flexibility to pick and choose the curriculum, the speed and the hours their child can put in according to their ability. 
If your child has an additional learning need, or has extraordinary talent in some areas, they have the flexibility to learn what they're ready for, when they're ready, without shame or being bored in a class. Homeschooling may not teach our children all the answers, but it will surely teach them how to look for them. So, why not homeschool?