In this post, I want to share with readers our educational philosophy of Passion Driven Learning. I recently had a very friendly poster on the FB page who commented "it's great being a homeschooler, and having the time to do things you love.. I think it's GREAT too to have supportive parents like you guys. This is Blessing!!"
Yes, indeed it is! I feel that we chose to homeschool because we wanted the autonomy to choose the education path of each of our children. Imagine how nice it is to be able to choose which subjects *you* want to offer for O levels and it is not subjected to what subject combination the school is offering and how keen the competition is to get into the class of your preference. How many of us when we were in school ended up doing subjects we hated just because we got placed there by the system. Seriously, all that time I spent on chemistry and physics.... down the toilet.
So, for our son, we have decided on a very focused 5 or 6 O level certificate and only the subjects he is interested in. And we will be doing the O levels over 2 years (when he is age 16 and 17), at a very relaxed pace. This, in turn, frees his time to do other things and we are so glad that he is living a very busy and fulfilling life.
For his "desk bound" work, (besides the O level stuff) he is doing several ACE paces and he recently started on FBI, which is a diploma in Bible Studies. FBI is fantastic, verse by verse, chapter by chapter, book by book walk through the bible in 3 years. And it builds FAITH! I'm really so glad that DS1 has been faithfully reading his bible and doing his personal quiet time with the Lord every morning and night. And now, even more so with FBI homework reading.
The rest of his time, DS 1 is happily kept busy with his many interests and also helping around the house. For the better part of this year, he assisted one of our church brothers in running a Robotics club. He did well enough to be invited to work again next year! :)
Their Robots won First and Second places. :)
DS 1 still is helping to clean bicycles, mop the floor, do part of the laundry duty, cook the occasional meal. And he is still running and swimming almost daily. He and his younger brother have started cello lessons for about 1 month now and is showing promise. He is being taught by an Argentinian cellist! Thankfully at an affordable fee. :p
I hope folks can see that when we free our kids from the shackles of school, and the heavy emphasis on "certification", they can do so much more learning and gain experience.
I must say at this juncture that it may be well and good as parents we desire this education path for our teenagers but there's a big part of it that is dependent on the learner's desire to learn and grow. Indeed, freeing up so much time might actually end up counter productive if the teen is led by fleshly passions. (I can imagine a teen with too much time ending up at the gaming centers and playing WOW till dawn.)
Character training and imbibing the love of God from childhood up is so important. If in the childhood years, they have been trained to have an enquiring mind, love work and love learning,.... their teen years spent homeschooling is really FUN! Why? Because teenagers can work independently, research and develop their ideas, pursue their own projects, feel the rush and pride of a job well done.
So, to parents who are homeschooling their kiddies: keep at it through the teen years...The teen years are when you harvest the fruit!!
Next post, I'll share a bit about how DS1's journey into videography. It has been an amazing 2 year journey, marked by the Lord's mercies and guidance!
Here's his latest and most "professional" project to date. Super low budget but I'm sure one can appreciate the creative energies that went into the making of this short film. It's a trailer for an upcoming play on the book of Esther done by our church youth. The two actors are his homeschooled cousins! lol
Sat 13th Sept 4-6pm and 14th sept 2-4pm. Maranatha Baptist Church. All are warmly welcome! :)
Yes, we are very proud of his work. :) His papa and I were quite tickled watching it because we were so amazed at what he can do. He's a diamond in the rough. The learner in him is just blossoming now, and his education has taken on a life of its own. As for the younger children who are following close behind, they are learning and growing at their pace as well and it is such a joy to also see them develop their talents and interests as well. Enjoying each day the Lord gives us as a family together: growing, laughing, loving.