(FUN)SCHOOLING

Narration, play and clay creations

After many months of struggling and battling through writing and reading passages, I could not let the struggle continue and had to find some other ways and means my our daughter to express what she has learned. We still continue the writing and reading battle on other fronts but not for all learning areas. I have decided to take up the Charlotte Mason and also Classical Approach of Narration as a means for assessing her competence in subject matters. This has become a highlight for her and for mom so much less stressful. In the early years, play form such an essential part of children’s learning abilities, and in the words of Maria Montesorri “what kids could learn in a short 3 years would take adults 60 years.” Play and the importance thereof is, however, a subject I will discuss on another day!

We incorporate the multisensory approach to learning in all subject areas, which allows her to see, touch, say, and hear all aspects of the content we are studying. We where discussing genres in writing when she modeled these clay figures to depict historical and fictional accounts in literature. This was almost a year ago, but she still remembers the difference between genres and understands that there are different types. This is practiced when we visit the Library every second week, and she needs to find books from different kinds for us to use.

I am currently reading Deep Nature Play- A Guide to Wholeness, Aliveness, Creativity, and Inspired Learning by Joseph Bharat Cornell. I can understand why Joseph Cornell writes that none of us can indeed be creative if we don’t allow ourselves the opportunity to really be engaged in deep play, engrossed in activity in nature and completely forgetting about oneself at that moment. Playing is what helped to heal our little girl’s broken spirit after her experience with the schooling system was not what she thought it would be. She also had terrific tutors the past 2 years who realized the importance of play not only in her learning journey but also in her healing journey. They allowed her to be creative without bounds, and use play as a preferred method of teaching.

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