inside: use scholé for a delightful homeschool
Have you ever dreamed of having a delightful homeschool, one where you look forward to homeschooling everyday? You and the children enjoy long read alouds, revel in long nature walks, and take pleasure in a variety of history projects.
Focus on Scholé for a Delightful Homeschool
Scholé is Restful Learning
Have you ever heard the term scholé before? It comes from an ancient Greek word meaning leisure and school. I don’t know about you, but school has never meant leisure to me.
School is a place to study, to learn, to work.
Even homeschooling has meant an ever growing to-do list of phonics, literature, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, logic, rhetoric, Latin, etc. It certainly hasn’t meant leisure!
But leisure is about resting, enjoying life, and reading a good book.
Scholé happens at the point when school and leisure become the same thing. Your family enjoys reading good books together. Your children hover over the table examining the slug you brought inside and exclaiming over how the antennae disappear when the slug is gently prodded.
Education is no longer just another task on an ever growing to-do list. It’s no longer busywork to keep the kids quiet while we work.
It’s become restful learning. When delight in discovering the good, the true, and the beautiful takes over your homeschool.
But how do you move from a point of viewing your homeschool as one long to-do list, to a place of restful learning?
Fear of Failure
Let me ask you a simple question. Are you afraid of failing your children? Are you terrified of becoming a homeschool failure?
It is this fear which keeps you from enjoying your homeschool. If your kids struggle learning how to borrow, you’re a homeschool failure.
When your children take a bit longer to learn to read, you’re a homeschool failure.
If your children don’t excel, you’re a homeschool failure.
Because of your fear that you’re going to fail, you scream at the kids. You add more and more subjects to the day until there’s no time to breathe, and jump curriculum.
You spend valuable time looking for something better, a better curriculum. A magic bullet which will solve all your problems. A magic bullet which will cause your children to excel and never struggle again.
But there is no magic bullet to a delightful homeschool. Instead you must be intentional.
Scholé doesn’t just happen by accident. It happens when you’re intentional about what you’re doing and why.
Why are you using the curriculum you’re using? What are the benefits will it bring to the kids and what are you willing to give up to use it?
See you only have so much time in the day. This is a gift and a burden.
While kids need an education, they also need to play, to explore, and to enjoy time with friends.
You need to turn your house into home, drive children to various activities, and feed your family.
There’s only so much time you have for homeschooling in the business of daily life.
That means you can’t simply add and add to the homeschool. If you try, you end up giving up something else. Remember, there’s only 24 hours in the day. And if your homeschool is too long, you’ll eat up the time you need to create a home.
Instead you’ll stand over the kids like a taskmaster saying faster, faster, faster.
And where is the joy in that?
Be intentional about what you’re doing and using in your homeschool.
Often I hear of people talking about scholé as if it’s a lazy man’s way to homeschool. You’re slacking, not really working. You are no longer a task master in your homeschool.
But that’s not the point.The point is for education and homeschooling not to be just another task on your to-do list.Click To Tweet
Children need to learn education is more than a chore, a job, and something that interferes with their life.
Learning is a leisure time activity. It’s when you learn, you grow, and you change.
But you also need to be diligent about homeschooling. You need to be diligent about sitting down and reading with your children. You need to be diligent about doing the science experiments.
Your example needs to show that education is important. It’s important enough that you make time for it every day without exception.
You may not sweat over your homeschool, but be diligent about sitting down and doing the work. Enjoy the time with your kids exploring the world.
After all, it’s the tortoise who won the race.
Focus on the Beautiful, the True, and the Good
Have you thought about the point of giving your children a classical education?
Is it to get a good job, to get the kids into the best universities? Or is it to make money?
The point is to introduce your children to the true, the beautiful, and the good. To shape their bodies, minds, and souls. To join the great conversation and discuss what it means to be human.
This purpose goes back to the ancient Greek concept that there is an absolute Truth in the world and the concept of Good and Beautiful.
After all, everyone recognizes the beauty in a sunset and the majesty of the mountain.
As you’re homeschooling your kids, keep an eye towards teaching what truth is, what good is, and what beauty is. There’s more to life than a good job and 2.5 children.
Create a Lifestyle of Restful Learning
When you let go of your fears and add joy to your education, you’re free to find delight in your homeschool. You enjoy stomping around the house chanting Latin conjugations. The children race outside to re-enact the Battle of Thermopylae.Education is an adventure into worlds unknown.Click To Tweet
You do this by turning long books into family read alouds. Instead of watching TV shows in the evening, enjoy reading classic literature aloud. Chat about historical events and your history studies at the dinner table.
Go on field trips to the museums. Ponder the various art styles and contemplate the different artwork your children enjoy.
Explore the world through nature hikes and family vacations.
Make classical education a lifestyle for your family.
And you will find scholé and a delightful homeschool.