We ignite student curiosity and inspire educators to reimagine learning with award-winning digital content and powerful professional development. We’d read about ‘deschooling’, i.e. a period of time that allows the child to rest from all things schooly, and decided this was the best approach in the beginning. In fact, as time went on, it became our only approach and it is only now that Alex is almost 14 and Tegan almost 11, that we are attempting a slightly more structured strategy.
Hey, Tony. I saw your comment that Hubpages is a great place to learn and considering I saw you mentioning the fact that you are an educator I thought I would promote another website which helped me in school in terms of learning. ( ) is a great site, especially for kids I would say. I am not sure how or if it would help kids from other countries but for an English speaking student, from a western country, I think Sparknotes is a great place to learn and share ideas about your particular studies.
Amy, how wonderful that you would be willing to share your experiences… it is such an important opportunity to make things better in the world! I understand if you feel that public school is the way to go and only advocate for that, but if you wanted to frame your argument as assistance to home educators, you might be able to impact homeschooling families positively. For example, I would love to hear you speak about your experience at a conference (provided you aren’t completely anti-homeschooling).
The children who did best seemed to be the ones at bilingual schools, or who started the full immersion at the age of about 16. Mine went to the British School because we knew we were there for only three years so, although their French is good, they aren’t fully bilingual.
Our kids go to traditional schools, but we firmly believe that education happens just as much out of school as in. We have naturally incorporated some of the techniques you mention through the years, and our afternoons, weekends, and vacations are filled with storytimes and child-directed discovery activities. It’s wonderful to be able to provide learning opportunities that don’t feel like school!
After reading your article, I had to comment on a part written where you wrote; Education, on the other hand, opens the mind, encourages a search for truth and develops a mind that can engage critically with many different ideas… I believe this whole heartedly. If you allow yourself the opportunity to RECEIVE fact based information, you enable yourself a better opportunity at making SOUND decisions. A conscious mind is powerful and can’t be deceived… Great topic!