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KIDS by KRISS on 18 september 2015

HOME SCHOOLING Right now all three of our children go to school but this will not be the case in a couple of months when we go to Costa Rica.

And what then ?

Another 3 months holiday is out of the question and so we are going to be our kids teachers.
But what exactly does that mean ?

To us, school is essentially a place to learn social interaction and get confronted to life outside of the house.
And it is good.
Of course it is the place where children are supposed to learn and prepare themselves to study further down the line and then find jobs but let's not get too ahead of ourselves.

First of all the basics (reading, writing, counting) can be acquired through home schooling with a little time and patience, then in our case 2 of our 3 children are already past this point.
Then I don't know if you have noticed how sometimes irrelevant the rest of the programs can be.
And this is not something new.
I remember the long, awful, tedious hours learning by heart dates and event of the medieval times in history when I was in primary school.
Have I remembered anything ? Not at all, it just helped despise history because I was not good at remembering dates of events as they were meaningless to me.
And later on I rediscovered history through reading, watching series (The Tudors made me want to know more about the subject than any history lesson did).

Often our children are asked to learn things that they profoundly dislike and that will be of absolutely no use to them in their future.
I agree that a range of varied topics and subjects have to be covered at school to help kids discover what they want but since this is done in a very systematic and standardized way, in order to serve most pupils, how could it match anyone's particular aspirations and skills ? It simply can't.

Understanding that, it is our duty of course to interest our children to other discoveries than those school has to offer but with very little time on either parents or children's hand and even less and less as they grow up, this is often never achieved and teenagers end up having to make career choices, before even starting to have a wild guess what their life is about, if they are career oriented, what they want to do, what they want to learn.
For a few of them, the system suits their needs and they will make choices they will be happy with or if not, that they will comply with for the rest of their lives.
For others they will one day realize the numerous hours they have lost at an age when they could have learned so much and with so much ease.

In order to avoid that, home schooling, at least a few times in their lives can be a very positive experience I think.
Besides keeping up with the basic school program and learning useful general skills, it's about getting to discover newness.
And through newness, a new way of thinking, feeling, looking at things, at oneself, asking new questions and learning the ability to put things in perspective, continuously because this I am afraid will be required of them an awful lot more than the coronation day of a king or another.

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