Wondering what exactly I mean by life-learning (and also...what in the heck is FunSchooling?)
Well. the premise is simple- Education doesn’t have to be boring, and it doesn’t start or stop in a classroom.
Real education happens when the learners are invested, engaged and most of all interested.
Without lessons, or agendas and in a completely self driven way, children explore the world around them with a determination that’s hard to ever match again in life.
Anyone who’s spent any time at all observing humans knows that clearly, we are born ready and eager to learn. The challenge is to keep that spark alive...
Or to re-kindle it if it’s been squelched by life.
So, how exactly do we keep learning fun, interesting and ongoing?
For starters, we believe that teaching and learning with kids doesn’t have to involve boring worksheets, forced repetitive assignments and tears of frustration.
We believe education can and should be customized instead of one size fits all.
For my family, this meant a style of homeschooling that I call FunSchooling~ and it isn’t just an idea for kids.
It’s the base of life-learning and it means that people of all ages just keep consciously learning and growing their whole lives... not because they have to for a grade, but because they actually want to.
This isn’t an attack on other methods of learning because if something else is working for you, rock on.
Different strokes and all.
This is just another way of looking at something we all want- the best education for our children, and to keep growing ourselves.
A wise friend of mine, who is also a veteran homeschool mom of 3 awesome young adults, has always encouraged my family to follow a curriculum of joy.
Those are wise words, fo sho.
As my family has grown, evolved and adapted, so has the day to day look of our educational journey, and even though life isn’t always perfectly joyful, we do try to keep smiles happening as often as possible.
FunSchooling doesn’t involve any one particular set of lessons or a firm timeline because we’re all individuals.
It does involve a good amount of communication and trust, a willingness to learn along, openness to surprises and a whole lotta of fun.