After 11 years of homeschooling, I’m convinced that self-education is key…not just for the children, but for the parents, as well.
Be an example for your children of what lifelong learning looks like. Be curious. Read. Research. Learn how to do things. Never depend on others to tell you what is important to know.
In short, do everything you’ve been trying to impress upon your children, ESPECIALLY in this day and age.
Ah, self-directed learning. It’s one of my absolute favorite advantages of relaxed homeschooling. There can be no more effective way for children to learn, in my opinion.
In fact, its efficacy is what has enabled me to embrace a simpler homeschool approach for my children. Out of all the “fool-proof” tricks I’ve tried and well-intentioned advice I’ve received, there is no denying the fact that kids (at least, my kids) learn far more successfully and enthusiastically when they themselves are the ones who are given the reins on their education.
However, over the past few months I have realized that there are some who don’t quite understand what self-directed learning actually is, and I’ve found that the most confusion stems from one faulty idea: that self-directed learning is just another name for independent learning.
That couldn’t be further from the truth. Continue reading “Self-Directed Learning: It’s Time to Clear Something Up…”