HSP 28 Durenda Wilson: Unhurried Homeschooling

Durenda Wilson is a seasoned homeschooler with eight children who currently range from young adults down to an 11 year old. She is the author of a new book, The Unhurried Homeschooler,  a short little gem all about slowing down and letting go of the burdensome expectations and pressures we often saddle ourselves with as parents.

Her message is a much-needed tonic for the burnout and harried pace we sometimes fall into as busy homeschoolers. Durenda joins us on this episode of the podcast to share a little bit about her own story and to tell how and why the “unhurried” philosophy became so important to her. Enjoy!

HSP 028 Durenda Wilson: Unhurried Homeschooling

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  • Sarah Houser says:

    Hi! First, I enjoy this podcast a lot – thank you! Second, I enjoyed this particular one a lot – thank you! 🙂 Third, Question: I also discovered “Better Late than Early” when my first was 3 and it really resonated with me as I watched so many friends doing flashcards, teaching reading and putting kids in preschool. I patiently waited, waited, waited and started when he was 6 – he has absolutely breezed through learning to read and I think a lot of it is due to waiting until really ready….Now my question, though, is his 3 year old sister who BEGS to do school because he is. She isn’t content with playdough or coloring book – she keeps wanting “real school” and activities and learning like he is doing. She often will sit and listen to his school but is disappointed she doesn’t have her own school books and bookwork etc. So….what do I do with her? I love the waiting, I think it worked well first time around, but we’ve been schooling for 7 months and she isn’t losing interest and continues to persist. How can I take a “later” approach but also help her feel included and give her something meaningful to do? Ideas? Thanks so much!

    • Pam Barnhill says:

      Everything doesn’t work the same for every kid. So I would say to follow her lead. Keep offering playdoh and fun, but it she asks for something have it available. She may go through periods and stages where she doesn’t ask. Those would be the times to ignore it. I think the harm comes when we are forcing things on children. Most kids won’t ask to do something that frustrates them. So let her lead.

      Five in a Row might be a good choice. You can tell her that it is her “school” but it is mostly about relationship, good literature, and gentle activities. Don’t add things, just do what is in the book. If she likes workbooks, Rod and Staff has some good preschool ones. http://amzn.to/1UNbMf0 Also, I used All About Reading Prelevel with my son. Very gentle and fun for him (hello! Zebra puppet) http://allaboutlearningpress.net/go.php?id=718&url=1754

      • Sarah Houser says:

        Thank you so much for your reply! I have been using All About Reading with my son and was looking at the preschool version….that was one thing I was curious about! So thank you 🙂 That makes sense to do it when she asks (have it available so she isn’t feeling left out) but not push it unless she does ask. Great! Thank you!

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