Sunday, June 27, 2010

Our Home... School

Lately I've really been working on trying to figure out what works. I used to be big into Waldorf. I loved it and everything it stood for. The problem came along when I was struggling to incorporate all of the routines while making my home a nurturing environment. It finally came to the point where I just gave up on all of it in frustration. We're really not set up to work that way.

I had to ask myself what exactly was my motivating factor drawing me towards that method. I found that it was mostly a healthy admiration but I also came to the conclusion that 100% Waldorf might not be the way to go for us. Quite simply routines are very hard for me. Sure, I can handle the bedtime story or doing my shopping on Thursdays. I just can't seem to create a daily plan. I don't want to sing a story when I wake up. Most of the time I want to lay in bed bleary eyed for 10 min until I have enough energy to drag myself out and, when I'm lucky, start the water boiling for some coffee. This is just how I operate- it's how I roll man.

So naturally it was hard to really do those songs and dances. You know what I finally figured out the other day?

It doesn't matter.

It really doesn't matter if we're Waldorf, Unschooling, Classical, Christian, or any other number of homeschooling names. In the end as much as we might like one style we still need to go with what works. Right now for my family it's a book a day with a craft/field trip/family movie/cooking project/etc thrown in- and that's okay. In the end it comes down to us. The way I see it so long as I focus on my daughter, she's happy, she's learning, and I'm not stressing out it's all good.