You guys, I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s worth mentioning again.
There is nothing more satisfying than to have “things” line up in your homeschool, that compliment each other, and create a well rounded, often unexpected learning situation.
I’ll tell you what happened to me this week.
First of all, you should know that I’ve recently started listening to podcasts. I work at night at a mindless job, and listening to anything helps pass the time. I started out by listening to audio books on Audible. Once I discovered podcasts though, there was no going back. Now I listen to podcasts until my break, then audio books for the rest of my shift. It’s all about balance, people.
My favorite podcasts are:
- Read Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie
- Brave Writer with Julie Bogart
- Homeschool Sisters
- Homeschool Unrefined, and
- (totally not homeschool related) And That’s Why We Drink
I used to listen to Dave Ramsey, but as much as love his concepts, I can’t stand his voice. There I said it. It’s too forceful and aggressive.
Anywhooo, back to my story.
I listened to Homeschool Unrefined’s 96th episode: Where We Follow Their Interests.
Over the past eight years of homeschooling, I’ve struggled with my homeschool identity. Sometimes I like the idea of classical homeschooling, but then when it gets to strict, I think unschooling is the answer. But, then I worry that they’re not learning enough, so I switch back to classical. So. much. flip-flopping!! The idea of interest led education has always appealed to me, but to be honest, my kids never seem to want to dig into any specific subject deep enough to call it school.
Well, after listening to episode 96, I was so inspired! I learned what to do, what not to do, etc. My only question was, “what do I do if they aren’t interested in anything?!”
Here’s where the magic happened!
The very next day, Elise and I sat down to do school work like normal, when she asked, “mom, when do I get to learn about one specific state?” My mind immediately went to episode 96. “Instead of learning about Italy, can I learn about Hawaii?” she asked. Of course, darling! Well, in her research, she somehow became completely enamored with Kazakhstan.
She wanted to go to the library to get some books, so we did. She has been studying the map, watching YouTube videos about their geography and culture, digging really deep into wedding traditions, and is interested in learning the language (we found lessons on YouTube).
She has learned more in the past two days of obsessing over Kazakhstan, than she could have ever learned about Italy in the little lesson I had prepared.
As per the guidance in episode 96, I’m staying relatively hands-off. I did the library thing, and now I’m letting her run with her fascination. If she asks for more, I’ll do my best to help, but for now I’ll let this interest in Kazakhstan be her guide until her interest wavers.
This is so exciting!!!