This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 7
Oh oh oh, I have been asked to write about going on an adventure. I have so much to say. I am not going to write about how I spent a holiday in a host family in Spain on my own when I was 9. I am not going to write about how I spent two months learning English in New England when I was 14. I am not going to write about how I spent a gap year in Finland when I finished school at 17. I am not going to write about how I moved countries as a single of mum of kids aged 6 and 2 in 2001 at age 36. I am not going to write about how I left my corporate job whilst pregnant in 2005 at age 40. All these were indeed mad adventures. I want to write about my latest adventure. The Home educating adventure. In September 2015, my husband and I decided that it was in our children’s best interest to be home educated. We took an agonising year to make that decision but if I look back, it had probably been brewing in me for longer than that as my elder two children went through gruelling years in school of constant bullying due to their being both different (they are have high functioning autism) and not British (we live in the South West of England but we are French).
After a year of not having a clue of what I was supposed to be doing (and I still don’t), the little ones (they are 10 and 5) and I found our groove for the first time last week. We started off our home educating day with a drumming session. It was an accident and as it goes, accident always have a wonderful creative quality to them. We had decided to move the area where we home educate our kids to another part of the house, i.e. my library. And in my library, there are of course hundreds of books (I am a book worm) but also my bongo (African drum), my Native American drum and a brand new electronic piano that I haven’t had a chance to use. I haven’t played the piano since age 8 so you see I have a lot to learn.
So last Monday, the kids were moved into the new schooling area and my five year old daughter started a jamming session. My ten year old son joined in enthusiastically. We decided to take turns and use the drums to express our emotions and we had to guess what the others were expressing. It was so cool. Then we did some group drumming. I was blown away. This was so much fun. And the kids were then super attentive for the rest of the day.
This was such a success that this has become part of our daily routine now. And the beauty of it was that it was the kids’ choice. Not mine. And to me this is what home educating is all about.
Now this week, whilst I was doing story time (we are reading Harry Potter with great delight as it gives me plenty of excuses to talk about my magic), two magical things happened. They got paper and colouring pencils out and started drawing whilst listening to the story and again, their concentration was amazing. Usually, they wiggle on the floor and I really don’t mind that either. Before the summer, the kids often jumped on our bed whilst I read or wrapped themselves in their comfy blankets and only their eyes would poke out. Things that of course they would NEVER be able to do in school and I feel so privileged to be able to offer that unique nurturing experience to these young beautiful souls. I wish every child could learn that way in a free and child led manner.
Yesterday, we took it to yet another level. I decided to wear a witch hat. After all, Halloween is coming. So my little girl went to fetch her favourite dress up witch hat and my son opted for a Harry Potter Robe. We all dressed the part. And it suddenly hit me: we are creating our own Hogwarts School of Wizardry. It’s called Ecole de Lumiere. Well I knew that. Decades ago, I had a vision about me creating a special school for children where they would learn or play at their leisure. I had such a vivid vision. And two and a half years ago, my guides told me that the first step to realise my dream would be to home educate my kids. It just took me ages to convince my husband to do that.
So I am living the dream, one tiny step at a time. It had to be small steps because I have no background whatsoever in teaching, so I felt unprepared but at the same time, I think it gives me that freedom to follow my intuition. And intuitive, I am. Every teacher I have talked to about my project and approach has raved about it and said how they wished they could do this within their classes. But right now, in the spirit of the #lighthouserevolution, I can only see the right step ahead of me. I know what happens if I see the whole staircase, I start to panic and wonder how on earth I am going to do it.
So this is my adventure. It is also why I want to chose the freedom plan. My dream would be to take my kids on a six month tour of Europe. Then a six month tour of Australia. And maybe the USA. Buy a mobile home or rent one and travel the world. Immerse ourselves in different cultures. All the while, whilst living my dream of being an inspirational author.
My home educating adventure forced me to rethink my business entirely. Up to now, I had one to one clients, I ran workshops and I did inspirational talks. This is no longer on my radar. My life is centred on my children. But this does not mean that my business had to die. If anything, it is more buoyant than ever. It is like the Phoenix that rises from its ashes.
This is my adventure.
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(c) Ange de Lumiere 2016