The idea of home training has lived more or less in us since the birth of the first child. It was rather an idea of child-led learning. My husband, whose education and profession are related to pedagogy, always shared information about advanced education, various thesis of the benefits of individual learning, and the results of studies, but I always refused to him that the vision was beautiful, but the greatest job in it would be for me, but I didn't feel ready for it at the time.
I am also associated with an education: I took up the profession of primary school teacher in high school, worked for a year at a private school founded by myself, attended Montesori and Valdorf pedagogical courses. Unfortunately, or fortunately, I have to admit, that I am not a teacher in a classical sense, nor do I try to work for Valdorf, or use Montesori materials, but I improvised and reveal my real teacher's kernel in the training process with our children, but I will tell you more about it in another article.
We came naturally to home school, because at one point I could no longer tell myself or the children that school was the best place for them. When I was done with self-assessment, when asked how do I deal with it, I assumed we were just trying.
When the decision on home training was taken, the question of how to implement it was raised. We found the Universum School, which supports home-schooling families, which also helped us to complete all the formalities related to registration.
By the time we took this step, I had considered various risks, but I also watched my inner feelings about what this fear was, wher it came from, I could only guess what answers and solutions they might have. The real confidence and answers came only in the real process.
How am I going to deal with all my responsibilities, will I not be exhausted?
I could only assess my capabilities and energy in the process. Now, after about four months of home training, I can say that this form gives me more energy than it takes away. We live by our own rhythms, all of us sleeping, eating healthy food in time, helping each other, moving and resting. Thanks to hometraining, I feel like a good company with children, where it's always interesting. Better late than never.
Will such a learning model contribute to the realisation and socialisation of children?
By allowing myself to follow the interests and issues of the child, I organised the learning process around it and, given that this form of learning provides a lot of spare time, I organised suitable interest education rallies for them in a variety of developing areas where they also socialise. Continued socialisation is also happening in our family, because we are five and children are quite like age, two years apart for all three.
Will children be sufficiently able to join the group after long home learning experience?
Children have groups experience in non formal education clubs, meetings with relatives' children and friends, and camps.
Will I be able to ensure full and high quality learning?
I've found my approach to children's teaching work, guided by the child's interest and the basic principle of the question, and used classics one hour a day. I don't blame myself for taking the old good working sheets, writing books and tasks in bars. I feel I'm not worth fighting something that has been driven since I was a child in every cell and let in, because in such a time of change we live and our children have chosen it. The other hours of the day I can enjoy the super capabilities of my innovative teacher, I have to laugh, but it really inspires. And I believe that in every family, parents are the biggest scientists over what is needed for their children. The smaller the child, the bigger the scientists. A teacher lives in the heart of each parent, knowingly or unknowingly.
Will children not blame us in adulthood if the idea of home training has been a mistaken choice?
The only indicator is my conscience, if I feel that everything is going to happen, then we're on our way. We don't know what tests are ahead of us, we have to rely on. If the rebukes have to come, let it come.
Will I be able to have a strong authority for children, will they listen to me, and will my mother's role disappear?
This is really a real problem, disciplining yourself so that teaching goes into a rhythm, is consistent and understandable to the child. It has to be reached by everyone. I don't have any trouble with this. I work with the kids and also assume I can be busy or tired. Then I take free days. Both of us, me and my husband, at least for the time being, are comfortable enough with the children, we are able to keep the borders of respect and security, and the role of Mum and Daddy remains natural, nothing at any time has been an obstacle to this.
I don't know how to drive home teaching, how it will be, how to do it.
My skill in driving the child learning process is both successful and failing, and it's normal. To learn, the mistakes have to be. I still discovered a lot of new things about my skills, but the overall balance is positive, I see even more development and progress than I had expected. The Universum School, where children are registered, provides the family with good road bread for home teaching, a variety of digital training platforms, advice and support. We can contact school management or teachers at anytime for answers to questions.
Will the children be able to successfully pass all the necessary examinations so that they can continue their training in their chosen direction? What am I going to do if I don't know anything myself?
At the moment, I observed that the national education standard did not present any learning difficulties at a given age stage. If there are problems with more complicated topics, I consider finding a private teacher or looking for a group that could help.
How will children learn after primary school?
Nobody knows this right now, but I've heard good reviews about distance schools in Latvia and abroad. Then there's the approach to training around the world.
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