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Kids Grow Like Weeds

Brother-Bug is learning to write and plays all the time with basic adding and subtraction. Beyond providing occasional forays into the idea of writing and ciphering, I have done little to “get him there”. Mostly he got there on his own.

Sister-Bug lives in a musical where she sings many of her thoughts, picks up music all the time, and frequently requests that I sing (often inventing) songs of her choosing. “Mama, sing me a baby hippo song!” Beyond having music in our lives, and loving to sing for myself, her interest and aptitude in music is self-led.

Both my kids fall into “cognitively advanced” when we go to the pediatrician. I’ve never done a darn thing to get them there – besides just the way I parent and hang out with them. No baby genius programs or Toddler Mandarin or whatever. In fact, a lot of the time I just let them do whatever they are doing without my input. Sometimes I join in. Sometimes I intervene in the interest of kindness and safety. Sometimes they join me in my work around the house. Often we read. More often we converse. Always we are (all of us) learning.

This is, to me, the essence of homeschooling. Our days unfold. We do a little school work now and then, but at 5 and almost-2 I think we learn more just enjoying our day. So my kids might grow a little wild or leggy like a healthy weed. Of course… most weeds are super nutritious….

Brother-Bug as a baby “learning” about mud as we garden together.

Thanks to Beverley Paine at Life Learning Magazinefor inspiring this post. If you are interested in kids education, it’s truly worth the read. And thanks to parents like Beverley and my mom who decided to break away from the norm and educate their own. They made this so much easier for me!

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