Have to record this so that I can inshaAllah look back at this post when R is much older as it was a moment I’d like to remember. Might not seem much to you all but it was a moment for me and I guess for her.
One of my reasons for home educating is to instill a love of learning in my children. Actually, not a love but a great desire to absorb and be fascinated by the world around us.
You’re all probably sick of hearing about R’s passion for horses but that is what my daughter is currently obsessed with.
Tonight, we had a very late dinner. After finishing off her dinner and eating a satsuma, R exclaimed at 8.30pm, “Ummi, I just love horses and I want to learn new facts and information about them all the time.” So, I thought to myself, ‘Okay, this is a moment for me to facilitate’.
“R, well why don’t you think about creating your own project about horses.” “Really?”, she asked eyes wide open with excitement. “Yes, and you could even make a book if you want.”
And then that was it – she was off in a world of her own. She started telling me about what she was going to put in her project book: poems about horses, facts about horses, an account of when she rode Saffron (last week), pictures, a collage, a story. She grabbed a pencil and a piece of paper and within 20 minutes, she had written lines of poetry, and some facts (so that she wouldn’t forget by tomorrow morning).
I read some of the poetry and I thought she had used a word that wasn’t related to horse. So I asked her about ‘mucking with bales of hay’ asssuming she wanted to use a different word but had become confused. Only to find out that mucking is a technique to do with horse hay!
Now, it was almost 9pm at this point and I really wanted more than anything to get all 3 to bed. But I stopped myself and let her write til 9.15pm as it really was a moment of creativity for her and I didn’t want to stifle that.
Sometimes, it may not be the right time but I think as home educators we need to make it the right time and give our children that time when they suddenly show a love of learning and expression.
Sometimes our children may say something and thats when we need to go into ‘Facilitator mode’ and gently encourage and supply an idea or two and then watch the wonders of self-initiated learning unfold.
And for me, this type of learning beats textbook work anyday. Its why I chose to home ed and it is why I love it even past 9pm!
R chose a title for her new project…she named it…’The Treasure and Beauty of Horses’ by R. (mashaAllah) 🙂