Saturday, October 3, 2009

Honouring the Child

As homeschooling parents, it seems we are constantly focusing on teaching our children. It’s also important to take the time to self-educate on how children learn best.

Even though I am through the homeschooling phase of life, I still am interested in how children learn. This past week I attended an author’s talk at the local library. Pamela Proctor is a retired schoolteacher, having worked in Vancouver area schools for over 35 years. During that time, she also did an exchange teaching assignment for 1 year in Britain. It was there that she observed children learning in a totally different way than she had been taught. Her book “Honouring the Child” recounts this. Much of what she describes is how many homeschool moms teach – organized, yet relaxed, allowing for many hours of play, especially for younger children (but even up to age 15!). It was encouraging to hear her share that she observed that it was a superior and more respectful, productive and natural way of learning.

If you are interested in more information, why not check out her website I purchased her book, so if you would like to borrow it, let me know. It is available for purchase on her website. She may not be a believer, but I do believe she would agree that children are blessings and time spent with them, pouring into their lives, is a high calling.

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