When I was trying to decide if we should homeschool, I read everything I could. I wanted to know how hard it would be, how much time it would take, what I needed to teach them, what the reporting requirements were. I always remember one thing that stood out. I read somewhere that for a child in prep homeschooling only took 30mins, 3-4 days a week. I have no idea if this is true or not because as you know we don’t ‘homeschool’ now, we unschool, so there is no formal teaching. I assume it’s different for every child and family but nevertheless this comment got me thinking. Could education take so little time? We’re used to the thought of education taking 6 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 13 years. Could a lot of that time really be better spent?
What if I told you that it could?
What if I told you that children can continue to spend their childhoods in free unstructured play like they did before they were ‘school aged’?
What if I told you that kids could be left to develop at their own pace?
What if I told you that your time with your children wasn’t limited? You don’t only have them fully until they’re five. You can be with them day in and day out for as long as you both choose, giving you the chance to really really know your children.
What if I told you that slow pace of life you crave is achievable?
What if I told you you don’t need to be a teacher, or have all the answers?
What if I told you that your children could follow their own interests instead of a standardised curriculum?
What if I told you that you could spend your days in whatever way YOU wanted? You could travel whenever you liked, and take holidays any time.
What if I told you you could do ALL of this while still giving your child a fabulous education. Could you justify sending them to school? For me, the answer was no.
Now that I’m living it I know that you CAN do all of that. You can. My children’s childhood is so important to me. I want them to have freedom and time to grow in their own way. When I learnt that education could take so little time, could happen so easily, and could evolve naturally through life, I wondered if I could send my children to school without giving it a try. Now that I’m living it, it’s even better than I imagined. Now that I see what we would be giving up, I can’t justify school at all.