Educating Children in the Spirit of Simple Living

| 11/9/2017 10:21:00 AM

Tags: homeschooling, home education, simple living, Anna Twitto, Israel,


One of the most beautiful things about simple living is how child-friendly it is. Closeness to nature, a slow pace of life and an abundance of simple, practical activities are just the thing for children of all ages (and adults, too). Young and old alike enjoy digging in the dirt, playing with baby chicks or shaping dough into loaves of bread.

I don't think education, however inspiring and individually adapted, should turn into running in circles around the child and making sure there's no boring moment. I see many parents driven by the famous "Mom, I'm bored!” especially during summer vacations - so much that they feel compelled to entertain their children 24/7. As soon as the child says he or she is bored, they will be immediately taken to the mall, the zoo, the swimming pool, or signed up to any number of extra-curricular activities.

Boredom, while often seen as unproductive, can in fact be of infinite use. A bored mind is a clear, unoccupied mind, which can, when provided with the right tools, produce great things. Inventions, books, scrapbooks, crafts, paintings, new recipes, creative role-playing games, and even various household projects have been known to grow out of a seemingly nonconstructive, "bored" state of mind.

Learn like Pollyanna

Remember Aunt Polly?

'... At nine o'clock every morning you will read aloud one half-hour to me. Wednesday and Saturday forenoons, after half-past nine, you will spend with Nancy in the kitchen, learning to cook. Other mornings you will sew with me. That will leave the afternoons for your music.'

12/16/2017 2:16:50 PM

This goes hand-in-hand with homeschooling

11/30/2017 8:56:00 AM

Garlic-smelling eggs would save me a step in cooking!

11/29/2017 4:27:35 PM

Love this article. My kind of living and connecting with my children. There are days when I cannot wait for a snowstorm which means no rat race to school.We can be on our own clock for the day, not someone else s. We can sit back, put the apron on and make bread, relax, listen to music. I look out the window at the peacefulness,beauty of nature knowing I am passing down memories which I hope they will cherish and continue to pass them on to future generations.

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