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Gaining Confidence as a Homeschooler

Gaining Confidence as a Homeschooler

by Lynn M. Griesemer

(Lynn M. Griesemer homeschools in South Carolina and is the author of “Unassisted Homebirth: An Act of Love.”  This article is taken from The Link Homeschool Newsletter, Volume 5, Issue 2,  Fri., Sept. 2, 2011.)

We began homeschooling our children in 1994 when our son was seven (first grade) and our girls were four, three and one. I was never interested in purchasing a curriculum from the experts or teaching professionals. I felt capable and competent enough to design and implement our own plan, which would be tailored to our priorities, interests and goals.)

I discovered that the unschooling approach (or self-directed learning) fits in with our philosophy of raising children. I have observed that people seek out, learn and remember those things which are important to them. Adults who decide what to teach children for six hours a day are acting as dictators and the authoritarian style of education is one I am not comfortable with. What gives us the right to cram stuff into the minds of our children? It is disrespectful and manipulative.

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