Oh my, I can not believe that Livvy is at the end of her first year of homeschooling and wow what an amazing experience it has been! We have had ups and downs for sure…it’s been a real learning curve for both Livvy and I, my patience levels have been tested, as have Livvy’s! But there is one thing that I know and I can say with complete conviction – this is the road less traveled but it is the right road for us!
This year we have been laying down the foundation for our homeschool house…. letters and numbers…Our journey has been one of triumphs and frustration. Livvy has such an eagerness to learn, she wants to be in the thick of it, absorbing as much as she can all of the time…its wondrous! One of the most fabulous things about being a homeschool mum is that you have the honor of watching your child’s eye flash with excitement when they have accomplished writing names of their loved ones free-hand with out having to join dots – it’s enchanting!
But it isn’t all work and no play….Liv has the most beautiful imagination and one that we try to nurture…she often morphs into her favourite animal (which changes as often as the wind direction!) and mimics her chosen animal – It is simply priceless 🙂“I imagine, therefore I belong and I am free” – Emily Elizabeth Dickinson
Livvy is a dab hand at giving teddy bear tea parties, she loves, loves, loves dressing them up and having me read story after story to them, this year alone we have read the “proper” version of Alice in Wonderland and Jungle Book and are currently making our way through Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories… to instill a love for reading at a young age is one of the most precious gifts the you can bestow upon your children.
So, if it’s not tea parties, alphabet or number related (or art…we all know by now Livvy’s love for art!!), Livvy likes to dabble in the world of science…she has learnt about symmetry, balance, gravity, chemical reactions and we have touched upon cloud formation (which she is most fascinated by – she must get that from her Daddy and his love for flying and the weather!) Of course we have only scratched the surface of these ‘sciencey’ areas but we have started again to lay our foundations…knowledge which we are able to build upon.
“What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.” – George Bernard Shaw
Our year has ended with a re-cap of the alphabet and Livvy has written her very own letters to her beautiful pen-friends in England… (with maybe the smallest amount of help from mummy!) It makes me feel very proud that we have accomplished so much this year, I know it won’t always be rainbows and butterflies but it is most certainly worth it 🙂