I have a few friends who homeschool their children, and I’m always amazed — at their patience and at their persistence. Somehow I just think that I would never be able to teach my own kids. Would they listen to me the way they listen to their teachers?
I had the same doubts when I started homeschooling. Watching the kids read, explore and grow helped me learn I didn’t need to teach so much as keep resources laid out in front of them to grab. They filtered out what didn’t work and soaked up what did.
From the article:
As Alex dug through a bin of toy cars, proudly displaying each “Cadillac de Ville” and “hotrod” he found, his mom noted that “They always bring something for Alex,” the youngest of the group. She said sometimes he plays games with the older children, but sometimes he’s happy to hang out with the adults in the room. An extraordinarily bright child who started reading at age 2, Alex knows every element of the periodic table and his favorite book to read is his mom’s dictionary. His parents let him try going to preschool, but it just wasn’t for him.
“(Homeschooling’s) not for everybody,” Faria said, “but it works for us.”