You may be wondering…
If @PanKwake learns through self-direction, what do you do?
The misconception about self-directed learning is that parent-facilitators just sit back, are lazy, and do nothing.
Again, that is wrong and a myth.
It is just that our job is different from teachers, other home educating parents, or even parents who send their children to school.
Here are just a few of the things we do:
We spend our time observing our little humans. What are their interests? What challenges are they facing?
We praise our little humans. For a job well done. For trying. Even for failing, sometimes especially for failing.
We ensure that they have access to the tools that they need to learn. Whether that is a computer/tablet, books, art supplies, or our time.
And yes, occasionally, when they ask, we even help out. Explaining something or helping them to find the answer or the right tool.
And yes, often we do NOTHING. But that is not as easy as it sounds. Sometimes doing nothing is the hardest thing to do. Just ask the parent watching helplessly while their child learns to walk. That is a skill that we forget. It is hard to watch your child fail or fall. To struggle.
But some of life’s best lessons come not from our successes but from those failures. Sitting back and allowing your little human to fall, pick herself back up, and try again takes a lot.