Homeschooling

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Why Homeschool?

Nationalists are unlikely to find much to agree with in the current establishment’s education system.  From the ‘diverse’ society promoted at every opportunity, where every picture presented of a random group of people or a family, for example, will usually be made up of several different races (something that rarely happens in reality, yet is being pushed by the establishment as ‘normal’), to the visiting groups of homosexuals during ‘LGBT week’ style rubbish promoting their lifestyle to young children, aboriginal groups promoting white guilt, history lessons full of lies that encourage Europeans to hate themselves and so on, the parent that sends their child to school has a lot of work to do debriefing their child from this mess that they’re surrounded by in schools, and is often battling the peer pressure that their child faces in the school environment, where as the homeschooling parent simply raises their children with positive values from our own culture, presenting a European outlook full of our healthy ancient archetypes, virtues and wisdom.  For any parent, the opportunity to educate children in a manner that inspires them to learn and recognises their unique talents, rather than turning learning into drudgery is often reason enough to home educate.

There are some typical objections to homeschooling, from both the parents considering it, and also from concerned relatives and other outsiders, who often have no idea what goes on in mainstream schools these days, these objections are often about socialisation, the time that homeschooling takes, and the doubt that we don’t have the ability to teach our own children well:

Socialisation

One of the main issues that comes up when people find out about homeschooling, is whether the children will have enough of a social life to be healthy.  There are a lot of homeschooling meet up groups around, and other activities that children can get involved in, often different homeschooling meet up groups focus on different approaches to homeschooling, such as natural learning, Montessori and Steiner as well as just generic groups for all homeschoolers.  My family formed an informal group with another heathen family, where we had fortnightly meetups in parks and in our homes, and also included some seasonal celebrations in this, so that our children see other children around them following the same traditions.  There are also many mailing lists and online groups for homeschoolers on the internet, so it’s possible to ask questions and learn from other parents.  In a mainstream school a child is socialised typically with a class of 30 other children the same age as them, this is a completely different scenario from what they will experience after they finish school, so it can be argued that it’s a more natural method of socialising for a child to be interacting with people of all ages, as they do in homeschooling, with parents, siblings, relatives and friends.

Time

Another issue many potential homeschoolers have is of the time that it takes to homeschool.  The 6 hours or so that a child spends in school is often disrupted by badly behaved children, and they’re often learning slowly, on a level to suit the slowest learners of the class, and learning many irrelevant things.  The teacher also has to help around 30 children, so can’t teach as efficiently as a parent can.  My oldest son is nearly 5 years old and his homeschooling takes around an hour and a half a day, as he gets older he will be able to read books himself, watch videos and answer questions about these, so while he’ll be spending more time on his education, it won’t all need to be done with a parent.  Children also learn through just living, I have been asked many times, while just going about the daily chores and activities, how to spell a word, what one number plus another number is, and a million other questions that just arise spontaneously, even cleaning the house with bicarb soda and vinegar is a good way to teach about chemical reactions, and making bread is a cooking, science and art lesson all in one, children can learn to grow their own food and care for animals, and do this in a way that teaches personal responsibility.

“I can’t teach”

It can be overwhelming to approach homeschooling with just a vague idea of the subjects needed, and often we’ve forgotten a lot of what we’ve learned in school (if we learned it at all).  It can be confusing to know exactly which approach to take to a child’s home education, especially when there are so many different approaches.  Fortunately there are many complete curriculums available now, either for free or to purchase, and for the older students there are many free videos online explaining complicated maths and science concepts, so we don’t need to know these things ourselves in order for our children to learn them.  For those who don’t want complete curriculums, there are books that show how to teach certain subjects, and plenty of free information available online.

My own family’s homeschooling journey:

When my husband and I first met, one of the many views we shared in common was that we wanted to home educate our children.  Our family’s home education started soon after our first baby was born, when we began to read stories and talk to the baby, it’s only natural for a parent to talk to their babies and children, and to want to read stories, and there are so many wonderful European picture books around, from traditional stories that have been told for thousands of years, through to more recent stories by Elsa Beskow and others, which also deal with European themes and imagery.

At first we thought we would take a Steiner/Waldorf approach to homeschooling, and not do any formal schooling until around age 7, with the children learning through play and being read stories before that time, but our children seemed eager to learn, and we have so much to teach that we were also eager for them to learn and didn’t want to wait any longer, and began to teach the alphabet and numbers to our oldest son starting at around age 4, which he really enjoyed.  After that was a fairly vague and haphazard approach, with nothing planned ahead, and we found a lot of time would be wasted having to think on the spot all the time with this.

After finding Varg Vikernes’ and Marie Cachet’s website The Ways of Yore we looked into Montessori home education and found that there was a lot more to it than we had originally thought, and that it’s something that’s in line with the European spirit.  While we don’t take a 100% Montessori approach to education, we’ve incorporated many of the ideas and materials into our homeschooling, such as having several activities set up and letting the child decide what to do first (although they still have to do all the activities in one day).

The most important thing we’ve found using any homeschooling method is to be organised.  Setting aside time each month or each year (or both) to write down general goals and curriculum, and to purchase any materials or books that are needed has been really helpful to us, and many other homeschooling families would agree.  Too much precious learning time gets wasted if we’re not prepared, and it’s just not possible to teach what we want if we don’t have the right materials, books and so on ready.  It’s possible to homeschool for free, relying on free internet resources and local libraries, parents need to be well organised for this approach as well.

In conclusion, I would definitely recommend homeschooling to other stay at home parents, and to parents that are able to take their children along to their workplace with them.  It is a relief to my family not to have to explain negative aspects of the current society and its propaganda, and to simply present a positive alternative instead.

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