This first post will mark my descent into life. For so long I (and subsequently the rest of the family) have lived a life not my own. It has been a turbulent journey with more bumps and head-on collisions in the last nine months than I care to share (or maybe at another time).
One recent change in our lives has been the decision to homeschool. Our idea of homeschooling has changed and continues to change drastically since we first embarked almost 8 months ago. I have found myself between two versions of home education (at the moment) and am determined to keep myself open to whatever G-d has in store.
It’s not easy.
To give a title to what we do would probably mean calling us unschoolers, although I’m not 100% there. Taken from Wikipedia, “unschooling is a form of education in which learning is based on the student’s interests, needs, and goals”. That’s only the tip of the iceberg. It’s really about nurturing a developing soul and encouraging him/her to grow without boundaries. It’s considered radical which fits me well, but as I said I’m not a 100% unschooler…yet. 😉
We are finding the balance between the two opposing forces. Funny how my whole life has been about emotional, spiritual, and mental balance; physical balance being where I still need the most improvement!
So for the benefit of friends and family, I will blog our journey into this unknown. With all it’s stumbling and probably at least a few wrong turns, I still have faith we will get to where we are meant to be.
Here’s a little background…
My son, Z. is 7, turning 8 in August. He was placed in a private school at the age of 5 and we withdrew him in December of ’06. His total 2 and a half years in the “system” dramatically changed who he was (or at least who he had been). He went from a naturally curious, gentle-spirited and empathetic 5 year old to a negative, pessimistic 7 year old. At times I regret not pulling him out sooner (or sending him at all) but life is a lesson and I’m thankfully for what we learned. Our experience confirmed our current choice.
I was public schooled through the 9th grade when to my dismay I found that education had slowed to a crawl to allow for others to catch up. With the support of my mother, I never went back and unschooled myself until graduation. I really think it was more deschooling, decompressing from the school experience. I settled on a GED because I really didn’t care about what others thought I knew or didn’t know and almost a year after that enrolled in massage school. My work as an independent massage therapist gives me the flexibility to allow Z. to learn in freedom while still allowing me to have a personal creative outlet.
Where are we now? Justin, Z. and I are in Vegas as we have always been. I am stoking my creative writing embers (so long been doused) while with determination and occasional exhaustion trying to stoke Z.’s as well. This blog is for the benefit of both and I’ll attempt to update our happenings as often as possible. I have another just for my poetry, organicsis.blogspot.com, if your interested. And maybe Z. will even blog a little with me!
Til then, wish us luck!