Q and A: Is it OK to follow your child’s lead? {Episode 44}

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 Q and A: Is it OK to follow your child’s lead?{Episode 44}

In this week’s episode, the sisters talk precocious kids, following (and ignoring) parts of a particular methodology, and what to do when our kids dive deep into a subject. Should we follow them down the rabbit hole? Listen in to hear what Cait and Kara have to say.

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2 thoughts on “Q and A: Is it OK to follow your child’s lead? {Episode 44}

  1. Daphne says:

    Oh my goodness, I have long wanted to publicly reply to this question! We, too, follow a Charlotte Mason philosophy, and I have also had the local Charlotte Mason “gurus” tell me I was wrong for following my son’s lead. For instance, when my son was 18 months old I had to keep him away from my car because he wanted to take the engine apart because he NEEDED to know how a car engine worked! What else was I supposed to do besides teach him about engines?! I think the people who would tell us not to do that are misunderstanding Mason. She first says that education is a life, and most homeschoolers would tell you learning happens in all areas of life. So the fact that “formal lessons” don’t start until 6 or 7 doesn’t mean we aren’t otherwise learning. Conversely, just because we’re learning doesn’t mean we are doing formal lessons with our toddlers. Second, if the goal of education is to spread a feast that feeds our children’s minds, and we would never deny our child physical food if they were hungry, why would we ever deny them mental food? Do we deny them until some magical age?? That’s nonsense! Last, if children are “born persons”, then not feeding them mentally is denying their personhood.

    You keep making making your books, mama, and following his lead. Ignore the naysayers and do what you know is right for your child and your family. YOU’RE the expert of your family and you’re doing a great job!!

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