A fellow blogger recently reminded me that daydreaming is central to creativity, intelligence and enjoyment of life.
So why isn’t it in the Schedule??!
Homeschooling is work, lots of work. When we aren’t focused on our worksheets and textbooks we are reading historical commentaries and related fiction. We are practicing our piano and rehearsing for our play. We are preparing for our next contest and checking our boxes on our assignment sheets. Yes, we are working away.
Many people are quick to comment on what they presume to be missing from the Homeschooling Lifestyle.
They ask, “But what about socialization?”
I respond, “With 14 kids here running around designing new machines, creating art and theater and jumping on the trampoline, it is a wonder with all this socialization that they ever get anything done!” (Exasperated Homeschool Mom after Heavy Kid Infiltration)
Still unsatisfied, they query, “How do you know they are learning anything? Do you get them tested?”
Heavy sigh accompanied with small smile, “Yes, they take all types of standardized tests. They have weekly review tests. We are quite confident that they are learning.”
Doubting Thomas continues, “But aren’t you worried that they won’t know how to react in difficult situations? How will they know how to make the correct decision?”
I answer, “And how is that exactly being taught in schools these days?” Because really, if they are teaching morality, propriety and good judgment I am certainly the last to know.
But, do you know what is missing from Homeschool Happymess? Good old fashioned daydreaming.
The advantage of attending regular school is that you have hours upon hours in which you can simply gaze out the window. School affords the student with the opportunity to escape through all manner of dreams.
The opportunity to contemplate the universe, to imagine oneself as a super-hero, to solve global problems, to examine the wings of an errant butterfly, should not escape the homeschool student.
As Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”
And echoed by Shakespeare, through Hamlet, ‘To sleep, perchance to dream…”
So in the name of good old-fashioned schooling, shall we have a day devoted to dreaming? It will certainly be a worthwhile way to spend our time.
Let Me Count the Days: Homeschooling is a cornucopia of possibilities. Let’s remember to allow our children the simple but necessary joy of daydreaming, so they can imagine, and eventually build, a better tomorrow.