Lessons in the Sand: The First Day of a New Adventure

Remember the post I wrote last March To Homeschool or Not to Homeschool that is the Question, Every Year?!  Well that is the question again this year…

My daughter and I spent the summer in Portland so she could attend the incomparable Portland Waldorf summer program.  My hope was that we would be able to stay on and start her at school there in the Fall, but circumstances pulled us back to our home in Santa Monica.

So we enrolled her in our local public school… but at the meet-the-teacher gathering I completely choked, not because my baby is growing up and going off to school – but because the environment was so uninspiring.  There wasn’t a single thing in the space where she was meant to spend six hours a day, five days a week that was aesthetically appealing.  The room where she was meant to learn to read lacked any hint of poetry.

Outside wasn’t much better.  The playground chaos reminded me of McDonald’s – luring children in with bright toys to peddle something else.

Add to this the fact that I was expected to leave my child with a total stranger, without knowing her character in great depth.  Are her values aligned with my own?  Will she guide my daughter to a deep love for the mysteries of life and learning?  How could I discover this from a brief introduction the day before school started?  There was a sign-up sheet for a teacher conference… I would have personal one-on-one time with her weeks after my daughter’s formal education began.

No.  I could not do it.

So we began again today… to homeschool… to unschool… call it what you will, but she is learning off the page.  I took Bella to the beach on this beautiful day when she was meant to start her formal education under fluorescent lights.  The weather was perfect as she practiced writing her A, B, Cs at the water’s edge.

Lessons in the Sand: The First Day of a New Adventure

Lessons in the Sand: The First Day of a New Adventure

She wrote the entire alphabet in the sand.

Lessons in the Sand: The First Day of a New Adventure

Lessons in the Sand: The First Day of a New Adventure

She wrote her name in sticks and stones and sea shells.

Lessons in the Sand: The First Day of a New Adventure

The joy on my daughter’s face made this feel so right.

Cai Dixon is a mom and co-creator of Copy-Kids. Copy-Kids makes video content encouraging positive habits in young children by encouraging them to copy other kids. Their debut release is a DVD entitled Copy-Kids Eat Fruits and Vegetables. In it you’ll find children joyfully eating fruits and vegetables. Kids watching it want to join in. It’s that simple. And it’s effective. Find them at Copy Kids.

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