As I read how there is Biblical support for natural learning. As we began our homeschooling journey, I knew our oldest son needed time to decompress from his experiences at the public school. He needed time to connect with our family, our God and to recapture his love of learning. So we took the time to do those things. After reading Julie Polanco’s book, I wish I could have read this book when we began our homeschooling journey. As my daughter loves to say in general (and not specifically about homeschooling), “Many mistakes have been made!” I know we did a lot right, but I wish we had the ability to go back so I could do some things differently.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the beginning through the middle of the book:
As I read this book, I remembered the importance of recognizing the abilities and developmental readiness of our children was more important than what some other person (educator, other professional or parent) thought my child should be doing. For example, our youngest son experienced motor skill delays growing up. So I had to recognize that certain fine motor skills that came easily to our other children would not come as easy to him. We had to adapt and become creative in what his schoolwork looked like. On the other hand, his younger sister did not have any motor skill delays, so there were things she could do easier than her brother. When they were younger, we found a homeschooling gymnastic class that all four children could participate in together. The activity, motion, and patience of the teachers brought our youngest son a long way in his motor skill development.
I love the parts where Julie talks about how children need to be in motion. Our three sons were extremely active when they were younger. They seemed to be in perpetual motion. If they had attended public school, I feel like we may have been told they suffered from Attention Deficit Disorder at the least and more likely we would have been told they suffered from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. I realized they were just growing boys who needed to be active and to be in motion. So as Julie suggests, I made sure the boys were in motion a good part of the day.
As I read God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn, I realize how different every child is and how God created each and every one of them with His specific purpose in mind. This means each child has specific gifts and talents, He intended them to have. So I can not ignore those facts. Given our youngest child will be turning sixteen in a few months, the later section of the book was the most relevant to our family. I love how she went in depth about choices for beyond high school. With three teenagers and one child in his 20s, I know everyone does not need to go to college. Our oldest son is now working as a nursing assistant by taking a three-week course earlier this summer. So far, I think our third son is the only one who will be attending a normal four year college program. Here are some other quotes I loved.
I also loved how various means of keeping records are discussed inlcuding scrapbooking, journaling and more. Obviously the more stringent the requirements are for your location will help determine how detailed your records need to be.
This book details a form of relaxed homeschooling that takes the students and families into consideration. It is meant to develop a life-long love of learning. So check out God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn written by Julie Polanco for yourself.For your information, the e-book version is available for half price sale through August 22, so now is the perfect time to check out this book for yourself. If you want to read reviews by other members of the Home School Review Crew, click here or on the graphic below.