“I don’t want to go to school. Because they are going to teach me things that I already know. And I know everything. And I’m going to be so bored…” – Moses, a couple of weeks ago
And that’s why I’m nervous about Moses starting Kindergarten next week.
Because the truth is that Moses is ridiculously brilliant. He’s intuitive. He’s bright. He has an amazing photographic memory. He loves to learn. He’s creative. He remembers everything. He has an amazing spatial memory. He has an amazing memory for stories. He has this great analytical mind and puts things together in unique, amazing and creative ways.
And, I’m scared to death that school is going to be so boring for him. And it’s going to dampen his thirst for learning. Plus, I feel that schools intellectualize children way too soon. They are training them to be little adults, and they are not little adults. They are children. They need to learn by playing and exploring their environment.
If you want to explore these themes more, I encourage you to watch this 11 minute talk by Sir Ken Robinson about changing educational paradigms, why the old system isn’t serving our children, and what can be done differently. I also love what Alexis (a conscious educator and mother of a sensitive child) at Taking the Lid off the Sun writes about conscious education. I recommend reading her post When your child doesn’t fit in the box.
The truth is that my son doesn’t fit in the box. DH and I don’t really fit in the box either. Up until this point, we’ve been happily parenting him in our “sensitive family” bubble. What do other sensitive families do about education? The truth is many sensitive children are homeschooled. I know a ridiculous number of families who homeschool (many of my FB friends are homeschoolers and many of my blog friends are homeschoolers). I am attracted and drawn to families that homeschool.
If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you’ll know that we were hoping to start a local holistic school / whole child school based on Waldorf and Montessori principles. But… we’ve hit some road blocks and the school hasn’t been established (yet). I could homeschool him, but the truth is that I don’t think I’m the homeschooling type. (I think I would go crazy homeschooling my son). Plus the fact that financially, it’s important for the family that I also work…
Hence Moses will be going to the neighbourhood school. I’ve heard great things about this school, but the truth is that my intuition is telling me that Moses won’t thrive at this school. It won’t support him and stimulate him in the ways that he needs to be supported and stimulated. And that’s why I’m inwardly freaking out.
Breathing in and breathing out now…
In any case, based on practical and financial reasons, we are going to give the neighbourhood school a try. And I really hope that I’m wrong. I hope that he will thrive and will love school.
But, if he doesn’t thrive at school, I won’t make him stay in the system. I will create a holistic school (with the support of other like-minded families), will homeschool him, or I will school him cooperatively with other like-minded parents.
Moses will receive a conscious education.
The development of his intellectual, emotional physical, and spiritual bodies will be supported.
So be it. And it is so, and so it is.
September 10, 2011: Moses enjoyed his first couple of days of school! Read more here.
January 11, 2012: Moses is doing just fine in Kindergarten at his neighbourhood school. He’s made lots of new friends, has tons of girlfriends (they all want to marry him), and he did well on his report card (I still find it weird that they get report cards in Kindergarten). He enjoys it well enough. He likes gym the best. Some days he tells me it’s boring (“all we do is work, work, work at school”…) Nonetheless, I’m happy that all is well and that the transition has been a smooth one for all.