We begin home educating our children for a reason, a purpose. To solve a problem. The problem might be something to do with the school system itself. The problem might be that your child is not learning in the school environment and falling through the cracks. The problem could be serious bullying, chronic illness, special needs, or faith-based concerns. The problem might be that you want something different for the life of your children and family than what is offered in mainstream culture. The decision to home educate is a way of responding innovatively to the educational problem that has presented itself to you, your child, and your family.
From the beginning your home education life has held purpose, form, and function. How you home educate is based primarily upon why you home educate. Sometimes the why of home education changes, especially for long-term home educating families, and the how thus needs to be reconsidered. We need to be constantly considering, critiquing, and re-evaluating. And this is where the idea of design fits into the idea and practise of homeschooling. Design is essentially about problem solving and making something work well.
"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like.
Design is how it works."
~ Steve Jobs ~
For our family, the decision to home educate solved a number of immediate problems that included bullying, financial concerns, quality of family relationships, and lack of learning within the school environment. Our continuing homeschooling life has presented us with many new problems. And each time we discovered a new problem, we needed to ask ourselves new questions.
Questions like: How to transition from home to school? How to tell people that we homeschool? How should we structure our days? What to do with toddlers? What to do when we cannot find homeschooling friends? What to do when being bullied by another homeschooled child? What resources should we use? How to homeschool when a parent is chronically ill? How to homeschool in amongst relationship conflict? How to transition from homeschooling into the workforce or tertiary study?
Through this ongoing process I have learned how to take a step back and critique our home education life and experience. To reflect on our journey thus far, and consider the good, the bad, and the ugly. It's all there - that's part of life. Designing your homeschool takes work. Even if you keep it simple. A beautiful and simple design flows well and functions well as a result of many small decisions which come together to form the cohesive whole.
Design Your Homeschool
Starting in July 2017 I am beginning a monthly blog post series dedicated to the idea of Designing Your Homeschool. I will be responding to the frequently asked questions by home educating parents who battle with the inevitable problems that arise in life and learning. Perhaps you have faced some of the problems I have. Perhaps you have faced different problems.
Here's To You
Share with me in the comments below your questions and your innovative solutions. Each month I will pick a question to blog about.
How does home education work?
How does education work in your home?
What problems has home education solved for you?
What problems have you encountered in your home education journey?
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