The problem with being 13 years into home education and having poured countless hours into studying how children (and adults, for that matter) actually learn over the course of those years is that you wind up without words when asked whether or not you homeschool during the summer.
Somewhere along the way we stopped separating learning/”homeschooling” from every day life. If you’re an unschooling family, things pretty much go along this way: wake up, live life, learn a bunch of stuff in the process. Repeat.
“Normal” people can’t grasp that. Learning is a separate occurrence from daily life that requires a specific time and place set aside to MAKE this happen.
It isn’t! It doesn’t! Stop already!!!
I would be lying if I said that part of the reason I wind up more structured during the school year is simply to avoid scrutiny. The other reason (which is about 90% of it) is that my kids actually enjoy doing certain workbooks and playing certain math games, and reading certain “school” books, and so on. Oh, and the documentaries are major for them, depending on the subject matter. And my life is easier with some kind of routine established.
That said, I don’t separate learning from life. They co-exist and are part of one another. They come as a pair, whether it’s fall, summer, spring or winter. And they sure as hell don’t just happen with textbooks at our dining room table. That’s just silliness. 😉
I like this T-shirt. I think one of my kids needs it. That would explain everything. Maybe. 🙂