There are a few quotes about learning starting from home and it's so so true I think; home is the place where the mind and body is most at peace. A place where things can be freely contemplated without worry.
Last night, I went to check on my older girls upstairs as I heard they were still talking even though it was nearly 11pm! I discovered that they were talking about one of Newton's theories. Chiara has been learning about gravity and she understood that the moon is gradually moving away from us so started to ponder: are we moving towards or away from the sun! I love my kids!
As I wrote in a previous post: Does School Kill Creativity? it is important for children to have space to think freely, to allow them free thought allows their minds to be creative and also have time to discuss subjects that interest them, exploring further.
Creativity doesn't just mean the arts,literature, music and dance. You have to be creative, using logic, to ponder to think up new theories or formulas, so with science and maths it too is important to have a creative mind. To allow your mind the freedom to contemplate the wonders of the world around us!
To have as much autonomy in life is so important, not just for us adults, it is important for children too. Without autonomy is there freedom? I don't think so.
Of course I am not going to let my children do dangerous things but I do try and give them choices: I don't force them to wear things they don't like; I ask them what sort of food they fancy eating, like me they have a choice of what's in the cupboard - they help me shop too; I also don't make them continue to study in a way they dislike.
If you were wanting to learn about something in particular, but you weren't enjoying a documentary on the subject, you wouldn't keep at it - would you? I would find a book that I preferred, the internet or another documentary for example. So why force a child to learn in a certain way or learn subjects that don't interest them and are not imperative?
We, as parents, of course we must guide our children, but I believe gently; I believe it's important to let them find their own way, so it's important not to force our own opinions on them heavily - to be curious about the thoughts of children is very important indeed. Our dreams are not the same as our children; we are all so individual and that is a wonderful thing. I find it so exciting discovering more and more about my girls as each day passes! I believe we must just focus on helping them get to where their heart leads them, not push them into places they don't fit.
It frightens me, that in the world we live in today society is trying to teach children to conform and obey adults, some who are complete strangers. I want my children to grow up to learn how to respectfully challenge others, to help others grow, to make a difference in this world. To be who they were made to be.
I don't want my girls submitting to everyone they meet. I don't want my children to follow people in this world like sheep. I want them to make their own paths and not be afraid to stick to their principals, beliefs and morals. To be strong enough to stand out in the crowd.
Success doesn't necessarily mean money, power or fame. I want them to feel they have achieved their own personal goals and grow up living a life where they feel they are living their dream, where they are happy and feel that good feeling you get when you help out others around you!