Today my family and I board an airplane to head for Austin, my beloved hometown. From there, we’re heading out on a road trip to see the east coast and to meet some of you (details here—all are welcome).
This six-week road trip (followed by a ten-day west coast tour soon after) is one of the main reasons we’re homeschooling this year. And next year, we’ll obviously be schooling on the go as well, so I’m thankful for the freedom and flexibility that homeschooling provides.
But as I write in the education section of Notes From a Blue Bike, I don’t think there’s a clear-cut, one size fits all answer to educating our kids—we take a year at at time, kid at a time approach, because we don’t know the future. However, I am a massive believer in lifelong learning, both for my kids and for me, and for you, too. Our brains are all constantly engaged in the colorful, active world around us.
And it’s up to us to intentionally set up our surroundings so that we’re engaged in the beautiful, the fascinating, the absorbing. Studies have shown that in the end, it doesn’t matter so much where our kids learn as long as the home is a place that values learning, reading, exploring the world, and asking good questions. And when parents model this in their own life, even better.
I’m keeping this in mind as we hit the road, when our kids’ place of learning becomes their backpacks, the back seat of the car, and the world outside their window. We hope to see the beguiling and beautiful between Austin and New York City, then back down again. We want to savor sights, sounds, textures, tastes, and smells. We want to say hello to you, to hear your story, to ruffle the hair on your kids’ heads, and to share our hearts’ desire to live life simpler.
And in the process, we learn—because learning isn’t really about sitting at desks or getting a good grade on the worksheet. It’s about constantly asking why and then seeking out the answer. It’s being in love with learning, all the while discovering that the more you know, the more you don’t know. It’s a beautiful process, this discovery. I love sharing it with my family.
I’ve loved reading your hearts about living simpler, slowly, and with more intention—your thoughts make mine soar with ideas and passion. I’m so glad we’re on this journey together. Thank you for being part of this community; for always asking good questions, for seeking out the hard truths about swimming upstream in a fast-paced, chaotic culture, and for spurring me on to goodness.
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How do you share in the learning process with your kids (regardless of where they go to school)?