Monday, April 4, 2016

Reaping What We Sow {the joys of unschooling}


Remember awhile back when I showed y'all our new-to-us piano? My sweet daughter has been playing away and it's literally music to my ears. She's taking lessons from a friend and fellow homeschooling mom in town and she's loving all the learning.

I was planning on just sharing how much she loves playing the piano, but as I've been watching her on this journey of hers, I've really come to see what a beautiful testament to unschooling it is. So many of us moms, me included, spend a whole lot of our children's early years trying to figure out what they may enjoy doing. Placing them in various lessons, waiting to see if there's a spark. Why do we do that? I remember putting our oldest son in gymnastics classes, baseball, soccer, karate, and the list goes on and on. I thought that it was my duty to find his passion for him. Nothing could be further from the truth. Unschooling has taught me to have patience, tons of sometimes scary patience and wait and watch our children. I promise you, they will let you know what their passion is, they will find it all on their own. Isn't that such a beautiful thing?


Sofia discovered a while back that she had a passion for the piano. We had a little keyboard and she taught herself to play a few songs. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, you'd hear her playing, I never had to prompt her or tell her to practice. When she felt drawn to the piano, off she'd go. She was so excited when we found this beautiful, old, upright piano, and couldn't wait to take lessons. I've not once told her that she should be practicing, but not a day goes by that I don't find her sitting there at the piano.


Unschooling is still a pretty scary endeavor at times, but it's at these moments I realize that giving our children the space and freedom to listen to their own voices and hearts, is the best gift we could ever give them. It's worth a little fear on our parts, God's got this.

xo,
Amy


5 comments:

  1. Great post! We're on this same journey and I need this sort of encouragement. Thanks.

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    1. You are so welcome! Always glad to know I'm not alone!

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  2. Awesome! We homeschool and I've often considered unschooling but I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the "how to" part (especially for math, they hate math) and maybe that's my problem, there's not an exact how to, lol! My youngest is in kindergarten and my oldest is a junior. Maybe I'll figure it out before my littles are done with school because I love the idea.

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    1. I'm going to be honest, it's really scary sometimes and truly it is a pure act of faith, pure trusting in God, that he filled our children with all the desire they'll ever need to prosper on the path that He has chosen for them. That's so awesome, that's why we do it. Scary, yes, worth it all, totally!

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  3. One more thing, this is on my fridge, "All learning which is required under compulsion has no hold upon the mind." -Plato

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