Describing Homeschooling

Homeschooling is the freedom to find a child’s gifts, passions, and his/her breadth and depth of learning.  With that said, as the child begins to grow and realize the possibilities available, he/she will develop specific interests.  These should be honed and encouraged.  For example, as much time as possible should be devoted to these pursuits in order for the child to reach his/her fullest potential.

However, to really describe homeschooling would be to take into account the many adventures and possible learning experiences that could take place in one day, one week, or over the course of many years in the child’s life.  Because the homeschooler is not confined to an institutional setting for six to seven hours Monday through Friday with like-age youngsters, there are many more opportunities to experience life as it is really is and just as many ways to describe it.

Descriptions can be as varied as there are homeschoolers.  In other words, similar projects, places, people and objects can take on a thousand different meanings based on the uniqueness and individualism of the homeschooler and his/her setting.  That is the point of homeschooling – for each student to take something from any learning experience and make it their own.  Through that the student has the opportunity to build on each experience by developing the experience further.  Whether it is internet research, television documentaries, books or one-on-one contact with a skilled human resource, the description of the homeschooling experience will differ.

That is the beauty of it.  As no two people are alike, no two people can learn, experience or describe something in the same style.  The style may differ greatly and therefore a different description of the homeschool experience can be offered.  What is truly wonderful is that there are many books that describe these varied experiences.

The concern, however, for adults interested in homeschooling is to allow themselves to become unschooled.  In other words, many adults today experienced institutionalized schooling.  Therefore, they need to get unschooled by losing all the assumptions and structural ideas that they have from their experience.  By doing this they will be able to create a homeschooling experience that will accommodate their children’s needs.

Therefore, the homeschooling description will in itself play out creatively with each new day and each new experience.  It cannot be described beforehand like a schedule; it must be lived and then described in order to assist others in the pursuit of homeschooling.