After a month of no school we are ready to begin our second half of the school year. Or are we? I find myself questioning myself more in some areas and less in others. This is our second year of homeschooling and I am slowly but surely reverting to my original beliefs about learning. This is a good thing—trust me. I am replanting my Montessori seeds, while releasing the firm clasp on the notion that a curriculum for each subject is desperately needed to plant the seed of knowledge in my children’s brains.
This brings me to the burning question in my mind—did we ever really take a break? Sure during our official month off I accompanied my husband on a business trip to Germany, we all visited our family for the holidays and we took part in our own traditions at home. But learning did not cease— my children continue to read and be read to, they did holiday crafts, continued with their lego creations, wrote letters, and baked. My daughter participated in a craft fair with my parents where she made her purses, learned a little about marketing, customer base, and money. We learned the meaning of the Twelve Days of Christmas and explored how other cultures celebrate. We spent time at the library where my 7 year old searched the computer and shelves on his own , and when he couldn’t find what he was looking for he would politely ask the librarian. He then came home with a stack of books and spends his evening reading without being asked.
I find that not only is learning naturally occurring in our home , but the passion for learning is burning in their hearts. I’m slowly losing the notion of the official days of learning and accepting homeschool for what it truly is —interwoven moments of real life. So I’m committing myself to keeping Montessori philosophy in our homeschool to ensure my children’s passion and interest in learning is lifelong .