Liv can read. I didn't teach her to. We have never sat down to practise 'how' to read. She asked me her letters or we sang "ABC" or we read a book together. We wrote her name. She noticed the 'O' makes the same sound virtually everytime we write it. I marvel at her abilities. But, nonchalant, she lays for hours on her bed absorbing any book that catches her interest.
Watching this metamorphosis from non-reader to reader has been amazing for me. It has made me wonder what kids do at school all day.
I know there are other things to learn. I know that school is designed to teach children all the things they 'need to know'. But I am so pleased to see my children learn what they 'need to know' outside of this box as well. They are interested, so they learn. Curiousity may have killed the cat, but for my children, it fuels a fire called learning.
Today, however, my little boy began preschool. Liv went to preschool when she was three as well. She loved her farm-based school. The school that Briar will be attending is very much different than Liv's start but I feel that he'll enjoy having some time to feel independent and able to do something without mama.
Watching through the glass door to the classroom, I grinned at my 'big boy' listening to another adult and nodding solemnly. He and Brody, the little boy I care for everyday, sat together leaning slightly toward each other talking happily.
People have asked me if I will homeschool Briar as well. I can't honestly say yes OR no. We're taking it a step at a time. His 'education' may be entirely different from Liv's. Who knows? But I do know that this video articulates so much of what I have seen and watched my children experience since starting homeschooling....actually since Liv's and Briar's births....
Here's the story.
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