Wednesday, August 18, 2010
A bit of an oxymoron? Perhaps...perhaps not. I recently read this article that dispels the myth that homeschoolers never use anything "educational". While we are not using a curriculum, we do some more traditional learning.
Here in the Portland metropolitan area we have an amazing resource called Village Home. It is a "Home Education Resource Center" and our second home. Those of you who have read my other blog, My World Behind Big Shades, have read about VH. Village Home is best described as community college for kids. There are more than 200 classes on a wide variety of topics.
This year I was amazed at the offerings that are open to Princess. I am even more amazed at the number of classes she has chosen.
Music for Me
Folk Tales Around the World
Computer Art I looked at the Computer Art class again and again and I kept getting in the way, trying to make the decision for her...thinking she might be too young for the class. When will I learn?! I had signed Princess up for a Lego activity in the same time slot, but she kept telling me that she can play with Legos anytime. Finally I listened. She really wasn't interested in the Lego activity at all. Then I told her about this class and her eyes lit up! That was it. I signed her up. I then told her that her friend was signed up for the class as well. That was the cherry on top for her.
So yes, Princess chose all of her classes. To me this shows that when children are given the choice, true power to make their own decisions, they know how to listen to their hearts and choose what works best for them. We just have to remember to stay out of the way.