“Our knitting the net of subjects makes a sort of hammock: though it has holes, it will uplift and support its owner. While we knit, the children fill in the holes. By means of self-education they acquire genuine, long-lasting knowledge – the real stuff.” Karen Andreola
What if holes and gaps don’t signify parental failures on our parts at all, but rather mark Terra Incognita – marvelous spaces for our children to bravely explore?
10 thoughts on “A Quote and a Question”
Homeschooling and knitting in the same post – now that’s my kind of blog!
I sure hope so, because some days there seems to be a lot of holes!
You need to read the book Whole Child/Whole Parent. It’s all there. love, V
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Thanks for making me think and adding something to my reading each week 🙂
I love the question you ask … so much, that I would like to put it up in my office/studio, but I would like to be able to have your name so that I can let people know where it came from. Would you drop me a note with it at Colorfuldayz@gmail.com? Really inspirational, both as a parent and an educator.
Most profound. Gaps/holes are inevitable. But you are right, they may be allowances for freedom of expression or discovery.
We don’t have to “do it all.” Just build that net.
What a lovely thought!
As a homeschooler I know I’ll never feel I’m covering everything I’d like. I do trust, though, that because my kids are excited about learning and I try to model a desire (and need) for continued growth and learning, that they will slowly fill in any holes on their own.
Absolutely. It takes a whole reshaping of your view of ‘education’ to get to the point that you can appreciate that as true, doesn’t it?