Are any of you checking in with the Carnival of Homeschooling? (See left sidebar for the
gizmo gadget widget, that's it.) This week I latched onto a really great entry, this one by Heather at Mother By Nature. This was just what I needed to read today. Most days I don't care about the "learning gaps". I am pretty confident my girls can learn anything they put their minds to. (Getting them to put their minds to learning is something else entirely....) But some days I feel like such a homeschooling failure. I fret about history, English, science, you name it. Anything but math. In math all four of the girls are way ahead, and that is because we don't waste time with the first fourth or third of the new book, reviewing what we just finished doing. We just do the quizzes until something new comes along. Heather reminded me that it's okay to be kind of un-school-y, having some child-interest-led learning plus a few curriculum-based subjects for things like math, to make sure my kids get the stuff that their parents don't want them to skip.
You must take a jog to Heather's post and read her list of things she remembers from elementary school in Canada. I laughed. Those are some of the same kinds of things I remember. I'm sure my kids wonder why I don't know the stuff they are supposed to be learning in their schoolwork, but I know why. It didn't leave an impression on me like Ms. Varleta's one perfectly natural, pure white strand of hair in a full head of otherwise jet black hairs did. There's stuff you remember and there's stuff you don't. The stuff I don't remember, which I am interested in being reminded of, is only a Google away. Who stops learning? We all have education gaps.
Well, you just have to go over and read it. It's a good one. Thanks, Heather. I needed that today.