I’ve been studying alternative education approaches because, as I recently wrote, I’m planning on homeschooling Fae. Homeschooling for us is going to be a process that slowly evolves. I’m not going to re-create “school” in our home once my daughter’s the proper age. By that time we will have already established an enriching daily rhythm, full of exploration, projects, and, well, learning. I plan on taking more of an “unschooling” approach, where Fae’s surroundings (our home, nature, the world) will be her “school.” I plan to encourage her to follow her interests, providing materials, tools, and curriculums as needed. Her education is just going to be part of our daily lives–something that has already begun, and will grow along with her.
When reading about alternative schooling you often find that many of these approaches can begin during the pre-school years, and even as early as birth. The Montessori and Waldorf approaches both speak of ways to provide a beneficial environment for children from the time that they’re born (for example, Waldorf recommends free-play with very basic and natural toys; Montessori recommends allowing children to perform practical daily tasks themselves). I want Fae to be educated in-the-round. I want to provide a solid foundation for her body and soul, not just her mind. So, with that said, I’m going to take an alternative route to education, as I do, seemingly, for almost everything.
I’ll be writing about alternative education in more detail–and how I’ve been incorporating it into our lives, and (as I learn more) further plan to–in the future. I’ve mentioned Montessori and Waldorf, but have also recently come across Reggio Emilia, and am going to search deeper into “Unschooling,” coined by John Holt.
I’m inspired. Creating a homeschooling environment for Fae excites me. There are so many good, and creative, routes to take for educating children. I plan to use those aspects that fit best for my family and apply them to our day, making adjustments as need be. Homeschooling can be infinitely flexible, and can blend right into a family’s already established lifestyle. I’m truly looking forward to it.
Fae is running around, chatting, and playing with walnuts in their shells.