The basic idea is a combination of three concepts:
- Intentional, careful observation of our actual, individual kids and noticing who they are and how they change
- Leveraging the resources we already have in our homes and our own skill-sets as individuals
- Mining our community for talent and interests, abilities and knowledge that tie in
So instead of just hitting the Children's Museum because you know, they're children....they'll love it....maybe we go to the local horse farm to pet horses because we know one of kids is enamored....who knows, you might run into the farmer and you might purposely slow down and pick up rocks on the lane nearby for the kid who is obsessed with geology.
So, at first it was an idea that popped up as we mamas talked on our retreat about how to do parenting better, mused on our kids and their issues and funny endearing behaviors. Then we got talking about personality tests and I thought even deeper about customizing education to each kid in light of not only their interests but their style and needs. So cool. We spent some time later that night, journalling lists of topics and talents that came to mind for each of our children.