hands on

September 14, 2010

Welcome to the September Carnival of Natural Parenting: We're all home schoolers

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared how their children learn at home as a natural part of their day. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.

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both jon and i grew up loving pbs, the discovery channel, animals, science, and of course SHARK WEEK! we grew into adults who continue to learn in our everyday lives, everything from documentaries to reading about politics current events and theory. (or the history of russian prison gangs and the history of piracy, the more you knoooow!)

one of my greatest hopes as a parent is to instill a love of learning in the jude, and not just the school type.  we share a love of knowing how things work and strive to pass that on.  our interest in how things work is both practical, informative, and... cool.  it's cool to learn how things work.  it's amazing to learn about photosynthesis or light refraction.  we want to share with jude that learning goes beyond grades and projects and can just be... for fun.

learning and knowing and growing and exploring are all good things, and even better outside the classroom.  learning at home in everyday situations helps out the practical aspects of it– instead of complaining that what you learn in school is useless.  (i made that complaint many times, cough cough, physics class, cough cough)  if all your learning focus is based on what you do in school what happens when you're out of school and out in the big wide world?  learning doesn't have to stop there.  you can continue pursue things just because you're interested in them.

for us, a family with two working parents, we won't be homeschooling or "unschooling".  but that doesn't mean that we can't make learning a top priority in our home, through reading, trips to the zoo and local museums, but mainly through discussion.  through talking and thinking and interacting with each other and being hands on about the jude's education.  what it comes down to is that knowledge is a priority in our lives and we hope that it will be in his too.  at some point this nerdyness has to rub off on the kid, right?

who am i kidding, really it's just so we can watch planet earth on dvd and talk about nichola tesla.  we did read him sherlock holmes in utero, you know.

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