Busy reading Montessori, Science behind the genius – and I’m just awed by how much I respect this philosophy. And I just have to remember a few things:It’s unbelievable how the perception of a child and the control they have, influences their learning so much.If a child feels like they have control, where they set their own deadlines, or are given a choice of a few activities – this keeps them feeling like they are in control – which means they can focus their attention.
The choice of work, comes down to the prepared environment. Six items are the max number in a choice, after that it creates too much confusion. Them being able to choose their work, helps them feel they are in control, which increases their willingness to do the work.
I’m starting so slowly this year. Having researched and finally completed my combination of handwriting without tears and cursive worksheets – I’m struggling that Izaac is just not showing interest – almost retaliating.
Reflections – maybe I should just sit and do my work, along with metal inset work to start off our morning. Instead of expecting Izaac to show and them him do the work, I think he is more of a follower. The hint I got from Mr Demi of MUS – just show the work, don’t expect them to do. Ask if he’d like to try, don’t expect him to do. I so need to remember this. Izaac might just be a watcher.
I’ve been thinking and thinking so for a while about blogging. Today in homeschool, Izaac and I played the sounds hide and seek game, that we played so often before, but now with phonograms, that I remembered last year we actually did have many good moments in our homeschooling journey.
I’ve struggled to start this year, because of so many thoughts;-
– should I do full Montessori,
– should I have shelf work, or selected work on the table,
– should I do nature walks, more Charlotte Mason
– will I find the right path that matches and respects what my son will love to do.
Just stuck in a place of should-I’s, not wanting to repeat what felt like failure after failure last year. Having expectations of what I thought would work, but didn’t. There actually was lovely times and now I want to actively remember the good and the bad. Be an honest blogger – as the journey of homeschooling can be so rewarding – I so love what I am doing – but it can be so hard too. Hard in the sense of could they be doing better at a normal school, am I giving them the best option. But Maria Montessori said to follow your child. So I ask my son if he wants to be at home and for now, he says yes. And this blog is called, DreambeforeYou – because God blessed me with opening my dreams before Him, laying them at His feet, when at the age of 32 the path of family I thought I had, crumbled and God had to rebuild from scratch. The song, by Kate Miner, ‘DreambeforeYou’ was what I trusted in, for my dreams of a family, a loving, kind husband. And he planted the seed of homeschooling in my heart and the marry the right man. I just didn’t have the confidence to make that choice at first with my son, and maybe in the future it will change – but for now, this is me living my life, continually with my dreams before my Maker.