Dreams are plans.
Dreams are born in unscheduled time. When there is time to dream, there is time for intentional living, and dreams become realities.
Time planned isn’t a plan at all. It’s a schedule.
When time is constantly planned, there is no place for dreams or intention to emerge.
Our dreams were born when we reclaimed our time. Not when we began homeschooling, but when we ceased schooling all together.
“Children learn from anything and everything they see. They learn wherever they are, not just in special learning places.” John Holt.
Learning has nothing to do with scheduled time or places. School is new to the human experience, and seems a strange alternative to life, to me. This is a life we’ve all been given, not an “educational opportunity”. As much as I had planned to homeschool, the last thing I really wanted to do was to bring the school home. It seemed a more conscious choice to leave school out completely, and let my children live and learn. This is why we live School Free.
Sure, we could lighten up our ideals and go with the flow. But we’ve been there, done that. It didn’t pay off. ‘Going with the flow’ tends to mean going with someone else’s flow, instead of your own. Not thinking things through for yourself. Going with the flow is not always an inspiring or productive ride. Sometimes it’s a very dull, futile path, one that you haven’t chosen. Full of “one days” and “going tos”, and “it’s not ideal but”. Going with the flow doesn’t always leave you with the best of you, or with your best to offer. Going with the flow means trusting someone else with your decisions.
I choose not to do that, and I do not have the right to make my children do that, by force.
They have a right to their dreams being born. They have a right to be free.
Have you ever met a free person? They are free spirits. Free thinkers. Free hearts.
They don’t just live, they dance.
(Often without their socks on, I’ve noticed… but I guess that’s the astute observer in me???…)