When we started out with our unschooling journey, we felt a little like knights in shining armor freeing ourselves from our own self-imposed shackles. Hence the name of the blog.

Friday, August 21, 2009

My new word for the day

I sometimes will look up words on Wiki just to follow a trail of links... its fun.
Today i found: Autodidacticism link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autodidacticism
I love it. Its exactly what seems to be happening in this house.

Raghu and Zoya will be helped along when they need it and will hopefully always be given rich environments to draw upon.... but ultimately its them pushing themselves thru life and its mysteries... because they want to thrive, learn and become more than they are. Its back to the best example there is: A baby wanting to walk and talk and make stuff happen just like the adults around him. No time-limits, no artificial gains, no coercion. Just be around them and interact and follow their needs... and they respond. Its amazing.

This example always lets me get out of my children's paths and let them be. So when Raghu says 60 + 60 is 1200, right amma? and i say.. actually its 120 and offer to show him why... and he says no thank you, not right now... i say okay and let it lie. A few minutes later he comes back and says oh actually its 600 plus 600, right amma? He knows a lot. Some days he wants me to show him... and some days he does not. But that does not mean he is not figuring things out constantly in his head.

2 comments:

Pavani said...

I Love reading your Blog Hema!! Your children are so fortunate to have a Mother like you :) and of-course you are as lucky to have them :)

Love
Suma

Hema A Bharadwaj said...

Hey Suma... who is pavani?
Thanks for the kind words. It is indeed a lovely way to live... for all 4 of us.

Hope you and Srini are enjoying Boston. That Greek lunch sounded fab.
Love and hugs, Hema
ps: we'll be in NJ all of November... Ravi is working there for a few weeks from NYC office. I'll call when we land.