I am new to homeschooling as in I am a beginner just like my soon to be 6 yr old daughter is.It has been 4 months now.Initially i left it to my daughter.I left it to her so that i could have some idea of what she wanted to do/what she would like to know about/read about.I decided to follow her cue and took it from there.
I chose a topic say on Fruits and would take out a book on it and show her pictures of different fruits and types.She would draw/color a picture perhaps or we would sing a song.There were days when i would do nothing-( i know that if i am not tuned in or in sync/anandita would not be tuned in either)..so we would spend time then eating the fruits after cutting them/peeling them/deseeding them. I do plan the day or the morning with her and what we intend to do..and combine freeplay (puzzles/painting/waterplay/helping me at home with chores)with teaching her through songs/books and pictures cards.
I havent thought of the future but i have decided to give this my energy for now and do it by letting go of whatevr conditioning i have grown up with.
So much depends on ones attitude.For all of us school is normal - the “accepted” thing.I also wonder what i really did learn at school that i havent learnt in my outside world.I dont remember the maths theorems or the chemistry equations or the dates in History.What did it really teach me?
But there are those times when i suddenly feel-what am i doing with her?Am i doing the right thing?For the answers to this i look towards anandita.When i see her happy and smiling, looking forward to her day,curious with questions i know that i am headed the right way. Well,even if she doesnt smile and ask questions i still know i am headed the right way–it works both ways :)