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We began educating our three children in 1985, when our eldest was aged five years. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn as they grew and explored and discovered this amazing world since the moment they were born. I am a passionate advocate of allowing children to learn unhindered by unnecessary stress and competition, meeting developmental needs in ways that suit their individual learning styles and preferences. Ours was a homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning family! There are hundreds of articles on this site to help you build confidence as a home educating family. I hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was!
The Value of Recording a Learning Naturally Approach to Home Education
© Beverley Paine
"Natural Learning sounds considerably more involved than the average curriculum and might be difficult for many parents to do well. " Sharon
Which is why most of us begin with the average or traditional curriculum and move to more learning naturally methods as time passes and we gain confidence and experience.
I get worried I am neglecting my children's education from time to time with our approach, but I as I record our daily activities it's easy to see how filled with learning they are. As I record I convert our daily activities into educational jargon - this trick especially reassures me. If I couldn't see that playing postman and dress-ups was essentially covering language learning, social studies, personal development, drama I'd feel very insecure about our 'play curriculum'. Likewise with Lego - I've learned to recognise the traditional curriculum in everyday Lego play (classifying, sorting, patterns, symmetry, levers, pulleys, planning, design - all elements of the mathematics and technology curriculum learning areas). It is by doing this consistently over many years that I was able to see how closely our non-curriculum followed the school curriculum, which led me to believe that the school curriculum is based on a child's natural developmental progress as well as society's requirements (employment training based aspect of all school curricula).
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