Monday, 20 July 2015

Back Home and Ready for Our Big New Adventure!

Things have been a little quiet here on the blog as we've been busy travelling around this big ol' Territory of ours for the last month. I made a decision to just take a break and enjoy my time exploring with my family and I'm glad that I did because now we are home and ready to embark on our next big adventure.

What is our big new adventure?

Homeschooling!

I wrote this post nearly two years ago when I first got the idea in my head and since then I've done a lot more reading, research, planning and convincing my husband thinking about the benefits homeschooling could bring all of us.

Sure (as I mentioned two years ago) money and time were and are big factors in our decision, but the biggest motivator for us has been reflecting on the ways that our current education system - even at the best schools in the Territory/country - are failing our kids. 

I disagree with the standardised testing that is becoming the central focus of our learning and is being forced upon children as young as 8. I disagree with the over scheduling of daily routines and strict regulation of time periods that interferes with our childrens' innate desire to learn and explore topics that are interesting to them (what Montessori calls sensitive periods).   

I want a slower, less rigid and more personalised approach to learning for my children. I want a calmer, less rushed and more loving approach to the time we spend together as a family.

So we are jumping in - with open minds and open hearts - for a six month trial, anyway!

Do you homeschool? Helpful advice greatly appreciated.

8 comments:

  1. I look forward to watching your adventures. No doubt, you will all do brilliantly. Good luck!

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    1. Thank you, lovely lady. Big challenge but we're all pretty excited!

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    1. No doubt I'll be picking your brain regularly, Angie x

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  3. We just started our homeschool journey too! I'm nervous but mostly excited!

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    1. All the best, Jasmine. Be sure to stick around and share idea with me : )

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  4. This is so exciting Sarah! I can't wait to hear all about your adventures!!

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