Thank you to Catherine for inviting me to guest post on her beautiful blog - these photos are truly lovely, Catherine. And your girls are getting so big! My, my....
So...the topic of our "conversation" (inasmuch as conversation is possible between people on a blog!) is "relaxed homeschooling". I had originally intended to write an article on relaxed homeschooling, like I did on the topic of first grade readiness on Carrie Dendtler's parentingpassageway blog in the summer, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that this topic is far broader and potentially more confusing than an article based on an understanding on anthroposophical child development. Though there are different opinions regarding when a child is ready for formal academics, the basis on which these opinions rest (if they are within the boundaries of anthroposophical child development) are reasonably restricted. We can all begin from a common starting point.
However, the topic "relaxed homeschooling" can potentially encompass an enormous range of possibilities, depending upon whom one is speaking with. For some relaxed homeschooling is within the bounds of unschooling, for others it is merely an expression of an inner attitude with which they approach educating their children. Some relaxed homeschoolers use a curriculum (and some like me write them! lol). And some relaxed homeschoolers shun a curriculum (which I, by and large did). (but then I was a Waldorf teacher....so that's a whole 'nother kettle of fish!)
So, I am going to throw the conversation to the floor as it were. Are you a relaxed homeschooler? What does that mean for you? Has something changed over time to encourage you to take up this label - or did you begin with it? Some of you may have at one point considered themselves relaxed homeschoolers but now don't - what has changed? What has this meant for you?
OK...bring on your comments and questions (only in English, please!)! My intention is to keep a "conversation" going so I will be as active as I can on this thread until next Saturday (22 October) at which point Catherine will close the thread.
I look forward to what everyone brings!