I woke up at 6 and prepared umar’s kuih kodok as he requested. Everything went smooth sailing and off we went to school at 7 a.m.
Meet Amir and Yusof. They are schoolmates from PASTI. I offered them kuih kodok that Umar brought because Amir told he he has not had his breakfast. Fast forward, after the assembly, the kids are brought to their respective classes.
After a while, i got bored waiting for Umar at his school. Told him i’m going back and will return to supervise recess. Gave him RM1.00 just in case if he decided he wanted to buy something at the canteen.
So now i am at home. Alone.
The husband brought Sawda and Hamzah to school. Yeah. There goes my homeschooling plan.
I have a plan for them. Seriously, i even have something to do with them today. But the other half does not share the same interest.
You see, Sawda is only going to be 3 this year and she has yet to be potty trained. I doubt the teacher would want to take care of her diaper ‘business’ when they have another 20 kids to be taken care of. And there are only 2 teachers a t school.
Meanwhile, i know hamzah is already 5. But who says 5 is a compulsory age to start schooling. I mean, it is good to send them to school, if there’s nobody at home to teach them. But i am at home, full-time.
Preparing them to school is a stressful activity. We can do a whole lot fun activities rather than facing the morning battle.
Plus, they will have to spend 11 years in school when the time comes.
I know, this sudden homeschooling idea i brought up is overwhelming. Believe me, i have been reading and studying about it for quite sometimes. It is just that i don’t have the opportunity to try it, yet.
“Children, like all human beings, crave freedom. They hate to have their freedom restricted. Children explore and play, freely, in ways designed to learn about the physical and social world in which they are developing. In school, they are told they must stop following their interests and, instead, do just what the teacher is telling them they must do. That is why they do not like school.” – Peter Gray, a specialist in Developmental and Evolutionary Psychology.
[- Freedom to Learn, PsychologyToday.com]
Somehow i know it will work. I admire Noha (Dr. No), Mamafami (Littlekittle.com) and many others who have homeschool their kids and succeed. After all, if i fail, we can always send them to school later for it is never too late for any of them now.
Or maybe me and you should be deschooling.
Deschooling is not just the child recovering from school damage. It’s also the parents exploring their own school and childhood damage and proactively changing their thinking until the paradigm shift happens.—Robyn Coburn
Well, these are the things that we all should do.
“Stop thinking schoolishly.
Stop acting teacherishly.
Stop talking about learning as though it’s separate from life.”- sandra dodd in Deschooling for Parents.
Ah, i’d better go now. Umar’s recess in 20 mins.