"Independent/home learners are never restricted by a school-based curriculum and, instead, can and do recognize the value of all kinds of life learning." Joyce Reed
I am reading the delightful and enlightening book "What Really Matters" by my friends and veteran homeschooling parents/ pioneers David Albert and Joyce Reed, ( with brilliant, successful, happy college educated kids).. so thinking a lot about how we all learn and what is essential.
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We really see everything as learning, so we are always "in school" and
don't take a summer break. Our whole life is one big, permanent vacation! The local schools and Chinese schools here go
from January through November, but it is back to school time for the
International schools this week ( they go from August to June).
Since our daughter, Mozart takes some extra curricular classes at one of the nearby International schools, it feels a little like "back to school time" here as well. She enjoys the classes, library, big piano to practice on and the social aspects as she has become good friends with this group of kids.
I love it when she shares her imaginary world with us, (that she creates out of nothing).. like this cardboard bed, desk, books,denim book bag, posters, even bedspread made from her favorite T-shirt recycled ( so part of her eco-friendly and frugal passion).
If she is not reading, she is making something and has had a passion for knitting ( for a while) which she has taught herself and designs lots of creative clothes ( I must blog about soon). She has a real fashionista creative sense of style and recently made the most awesome purse for herself by recycling an old pair of jeans! ( Photo story coming!). She did such a great job, one would not guess it was handmade.
She has a thriving social life with kids from her Chinese school, the international school and locals she meets in our apartment buildings,volunteering or even at book fairs, as well as keeping up with her best friends at a distance.
We also just have a LOT of fun, just hanging out together playing games like chess, discussing things or just being silly, watching movies or home movies and laughing a lot. We cherish this time together and keep connected to family at a distance.
This is an old photo of Mozart reading a Chinese book, ( you can tell because that favorite T-shirt looks brand new and has now been recycled into the bespread shown above). I am really happy that I raised a reader/ book worm and it always makes me smile to see her reading books in 3 languages.