“How much is too much?”
I’ve been reading “Eager to Learn” (which is listed under Today’s Useful Resource) if you want to take a look at it.
When I began addressing Ian’s schooling needs all I wanted was to keep it simple and give him enough without going overboard. I’m still not even sure if giving my older boys a broader view of the world and religion was such a good thing, their minds opened and absorbed all the differences between men and I basically made them cultural citizens of the world. I even steered them away from conventional religion not even wanting too.
Probably you’re thinking, where is the wrong?
Simple, we live in the post 911 world. It’s not good to be an activist or have a mind frame that makes you perfect for the Reddit crowd.
Well, what’s done is done. Don’t get me wrong, their open minds have taken them to incredible success in their academic career so far. My twenty year old son is soon to graduate this next December (I couldn’t be prouder), and my 21-year-old will follow next May.
Coming back to Ian, I want to get it right this time around. I want to get him ready to read, write, and be darn silly. Why? Basically because without his silliness, he is not going to develop into the amazing young man I want him to become.
I stumbled on this incredible quote by Dr. Seuss and wanted to share it with you,
I’m not even sure if this will become the backbone of my curriculum for Ian. I know myself and for me it’s difficult to tear away from my professional background, so I need to come up with a plan where I can blend the good of pedagogy with the marvelous notion of just discovering the world that surrounds us.
I’ve always held an inner debate about home schooling. Inside of me lives an advocate and at the same time an opponent.
I don’t want it to be all about the lesson plan, but I can’t forget about the lesson plan.
Basically I need to get it right and then keep on moving. I’ve lived through home schooling before, but this time around I want to make it even better.