Home educators have coined the term “de-schooling” to describe the change in philosophy and approach to learning which needs to happen if a child is transferring their place of education from school to home. This doesn’t mean that one is wrong and one is right, but that they are different. There would usually be weeks and months for this to happen, but in 2020 Lockdown you don’t have that luxury. We’d love you to gain a glimpse of the joys of home educating, to develop a gentle rhythm and experience the wonder of watching your children delight in what they are learning. Home ed is not an easy option for any of us, requires daily sacrifice and stretches most of us beyond what we had thought was our capacity. But for many of us it is worth it!
So we hope this short conversation might help any of you doing this for the first time to navigate this change of mindset. And for those who are full time home educators … keep going! It is very different now, but you are helping your children to put down deep roots which will enable them to cope better in the further storms of life.
Previous episode on various educational philosophies
Molly’s blog post about our visit to Shakespeare’s school room
and an example of child led relaxed learning during lockdown.