"A person’s freedom of learning is part of his freedom of thought, even more basic than his freedom of speech. If we take from someone his right to decide what he will be curious about, we destroy his freedom of thought. We say, in effect, you must think not about what interests and concerns you but about what interests and concerns us.” John Holt
There is a lot of media coverage on how the quarantine measures are having an impact on school children’s education, with everyone now schooling at home, but it is also having a massive effect on us, pre-quarantine home educators. As I was scrolling through pictures looking for our last “normal” photo, I was reminded of how much fun we were having in our pre-lockdown learning journey together.
It is such a privilege to be able to immerse in the warmth of the sunshine, surrounded by the vibrancy of nature's colourful bounty, my nose filled with their heady bouquet. Accompanied by the chorus of birds announcing the arrival of longer days, I sit on the lush grass, the soft blades caressing my toes while the blossom from the apple tree gentle rains down its petals, like snow in the warm breeze.
So here we are, several weeks into our respective lockdowns and maybe we need a breakfast to brighten our day without breaking the bank.
If you have a child who is showing you with their actions or words that they don’t want to go back to school when the Covid-19 lockdown is lifted, that they are happier learning at home, maybe it is time to embrace this golden opportunity that the current lockdown situation has presented and try something new.