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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Freedom From the Box.

“Curious Word Origins, Sayings and Expressions.”

School~

“ The Greek schole which was the original source of school, once meant just the opposite from what the school boy of today thinks of that institution. It meant vacation, leisure, rest. The education of a Greek boy was by private teachers in reading, writing, arithmetic, singing, and gymnastics. But no man ever considered his education to be completed. His leisure time was spent in listening to the discussions of learned men, and thus this product of leisure, this use of ones spare time came also to be called schole.
 Eventually the Greeks used the term for the lectures or discussions themselves, and ultimately it included the place wherein the instruction was given. It was the later sense which descended to English use.”

Author~ Charles Earle

When I read the above I found it interesting to note that in today's world most people equate school with institutional learning. Learning can happen anywhere and at anytime. When I first started homeschooling I spent many nights and days agonizing over what method I would use to teach. I was determined that I would be outside of that dreaded 'box'. Now six years later I can say we have found a happy medium. Although we still have sit down lessons complete with note taking and book work we learn a lot outside of the classroom as well. As with all things in life finding that balance takes time and a lot of trial and error but its well worth the effort.
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