Direction

So much goodness here! I started searching Amazon for book titles that could help give our homeschooling idea some direction only to discover I already owned a good many that fit right in with our philosophy.

Gathering them all in one place, seeing all the possibilities right in front of me, was inspiring. It’s a good start….a really good start.

I wandered away, or got distracted, or maybe even a little bit bored. No matter how I try and spin it, I stepped away from this blog. Perhaps I was worried I didn’t have enough to say, maybe it felt weird speaking about and taking pictures of my little projects…knowing that there is so much more going on in the world, important things, sad things, scary things. Does my little blog affect anyone? I’m not even sure it was what I wanted it to be.

But I’m back and have something new on my mind. Well, not really new but RE-newed. While my oldest daughter, Meghan, has been homeschooling for all of highschool (she will be a senior next fall!) we have made the decision to bring her youngest sister home to learn as well. Sofia will be seven in October and will be doing roughly first grade work.

She will be homeschooling not because her school is terrible, not because she hasn’t been learning, not because she’s been bullied. Instead, simply because we feel we have more to offer her. I simply don’t feel its age appropriate to have five, six, seven year olds (and beyond!) sitting for hours at a time doing worksheets instead of being out in the world taking in the glory all around. I feel truly blessed that this opportunity is something we can take advantage of. I’m home, I have the time and I can’t think of a better, more worthwhile way to spend it.

Now you may ask what does homeschooling have to do with my grandma for whom this blog is named after. No, Myrna was not technically a homeschooler, she did in fact attend traditional schools from elementary all the way to UC Berkeley. However I believe that she would have loved homeschooling, specifically interest-led homeschooling. She was always teaching herself something new. Furniture refinishing, nutrition, plant rooting, rug hooking, macrame, sewing, crocheting, cooking, pottery and so forth. Wherever her heart led her she would go. Her home was a true testament to her many varied interests and passions.

Sofia is a bright, interesting child. While I’m sure there will be some “formal” curriculum in her future, for now it is our intention to follow her lead, let her explore and discover what it is that she would like to learn about and go from there. I think Myrna would approve!

Here’s a list of books that have been inspiring me lately…

Last Child in the Woods
http://www.amazon.com/Last-Child-Woods-Children-Nature-Deficit/dp/156512605X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1400092431&sr=1-1&keywords=last+child+in+the+woods

Free Range Homeschooling
http://www.amazon.com/Free-Range-Learning-Homeschooling-Everything/dp/193538709X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1400092497&sr=1-1&keywords=free+range+homeschool

Project Based Homeschooling
http://www.amazon.com/Project-Based-Homeschooling-Mentoring-Self-Directed-Learners/dp/1475239068/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_y

Learning all the Time (anything by John Holt is a worthwhile read)
http://www.amazon.com/Learning-All-Time-John-Holt/dp/0201550911/ref=pd_sim_b_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=102H9EP1SQBQFJXVJVV6