Homeschooling offers different angle to education By Angelica Blenich
The decision to home school was made even easier for Thomas and her husband Stuart Humphries because their daughter Olivia has severe food allergies.
“At that point it becomes a lifestyle choice, because how do you keep one home and send the others?” said Thomas.
For her daughters Olivia, 7, and Violet, 5, home-schooling is the only way of learning they are familiar with.
“Violet just said to me, mom, you’re a terrible teacher,” laughed Thomas. “I asked her why she would say that and she said, because you haven’t taught me anything in so long. I told her that’s because it’s summer break and she said, what’s that?”
A former education assistant, Thomas follows the Waldorf style of education, which is play-based and includes a lot of outdoor learning. Most lessons begin with a story and go from there, said Thomas. Unlike public school there are no textbooks.
Many days are spent going on field trips, socializing with other children and doing activities.
“We’re always learning, there is no bell that rings,” said Thomas.
For Thomas home schooling is not only about teaching your kids, but about being with your kids while they are growing up.
“We wanted to be the ones spending time with our kids,” she said.
The Haliburton Echo also related another family’s story after school bullying incidents and the end result of home education: “When you’re not being treated nicely nothing is getting into your head anyways,” said Wanless-Craig.”
The article shared upbeat experiences living and learning without the school bell.