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Monday, November 10, 2008

What is "Relaxed Homeschooling"?

I've written in more detail about what it means to be a relaxed homeschooler in my ebook "Think Outside the Classroom".

Understanding relaxed homeschooling has a lot to do with breaking out of certain educational molds that have shaped the way we think about education.

Because most of us grew up sitting behind a desk in a classroom, with a teacher giving us information, we have perceived that as the only acceptable model of learning. But history has repeatedly shown us that the classroom setting is not only not the only way to learn, but is really not the optimal way.

Classrooms operate the way they do because of necessity; in order to coral many children and instruct them in an organized way, it becomes necessary to be more rigid.

But ideally, because we are born with an insatiable curiosity, life is best learned from through a relaxed atmosphere, not inside the four walls of a classroom.

All too often, homeschoolers try to imitate the inferior model of the classroom, only to reap frustration and dread.

Relaxed Homeschooling is the idea that learning is life, and life is about learning--all day, every day. While structure is acceptable and even desired at times, relaxed homeschooling allows us to throw off the burden of time and curriculum pressures, and embrace an all-encompassing education with God at the center.

May your journey be blessed!

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