Friday, February 20, 2009
We don't know nothin 'bout no book learnin'
This is Johanna in her swimming class learning to dive. I got permission from the swim teacher, "Miss" Sarah that I could post her pic as well.
I think a myth of homeschooling (and also something that might worry people) is that We as parents do all teaching. My own mother was concerned that perhaps when it was time I would be unable to teach higher math subjects.
The thing is though we utilize everyone as teacher b/c no one in my kids' lives is the be all end all "Teacher" No higher authority for my kids to hold over my head and say, "but that's not how Miss Teacher told us to do it"
Sure my kids take classes but the teachers mostly are other parents or someone who is very knowledgeable on a particular activity.
Sunday school teachers are volunteer moms and dads, maybe some are licensed teachers for their "day job" but it is not a requirement.
Johanna is taking a class on winter at the OEC and that guy who teaches is fabulous. The kids trek through the woods and search for birds and trees and twigs. learning how to identify each on the way.
"Miss" sue at the Y has helped Johanna transition from mommy and me classes to drop off in a very gentle way..as far as my experience the only Y teacher who was truly helpful in this endeavorer when Johanna was 3 and 4. She has connected with Johanna and lends her books from her personal collection.
I read once that in a small town in (I think) Italy school teachers are often over the children's homes for dinners and all the families and teachers spend much time together so that there is a connection...a trust built for the kids and for the teachers and the families.
And even if my kids were never enrolled in a single class I still could not look to myself or Mike as the sole teachers. At the Morris Museum just the other day the grandmother to a little girl we didn't know was trying to tell her granddaughter about the ink well pens and Johanna gleaned a bit of really cool info from her..so a quick teacher moment but lesson none the less. We would likely attend programs or plays or museums. We might watch the history channel or Youtube. Speakers and artists are everywhere. Grandparents who know how to sew or to swim. Friends who teach what friendship means and adult friends who teach about far away lands such as England. They all go about living their lives and help me homeschool my children Most of whom never wear a "teacher" label but teaching all the same.
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