Philosophy of this Approach – Life Centered Humanism
Please add or modify this curriculum to better reflect your belief system or culture. Please send me ideas on what these changes are and why you find them so effective. I believe we can all learn from each other because what we think and believe does have an effect on our children. As a teenager I wish I had had the opportunity to do a Walkabout in the wilderness as is done by the Indiginious Australians. We unfortunately did not have the same right of passage experience where I came from. Here is my philosophy on education and child development:
- Life transcends materialism. Almost every culture describes life as more than physical and tries to name it or define it (which is nearly impossible) but in this curriculum I just call it the inner self. This inner self includes the emotions, thoughts, the ability to bond with others, the desire to learn, empathy, natural ethics/fairness, intuition, religious feelings or spiritual feelings, the ego and a sense of life’s purpose. None of these are physical but at some point they do integrate into our physical nature.
- All humans have a responsibility unto themselves to evolve and hopefully realize the potential of their existence.
- The best education does not leave any aspect of what it means to be human left behind and develops them all gradually, interconnectedly and consciously by the parents and elders.
- All people are equal, all children deserve fairness, equal opportunity and not to be discriminated upon because of race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Better to help others where we all can because sooner to your later we will need the help from each other.
- We are all on our own unique path and this should be respected because no one path is exactly perfect for everyone. Here is one part of a past culture that I can relate to:
The Hermetic Tradition
In Greek literature Hermes was the divine messenger, he had a winged hat and shoes, and was depicted as angelic being. Also known as Mercury. He is credited with the invention of the fine arts, the lyre, of medicine, of letters, of commerce and wrestling. His equivalent in Egypt was Thoth, inventor of writing, and the arts. The God of Healing and Truth.
I have also been influenced by attending a Waldorf school from kindergarten to grade two and grade 11. I have practiced homeopathy for over 30 years. Here is one quote from Samual Hahnemann, the inventor of homeopathy:
In the healthy condition of man, the spiritual vital force (autocracy), the dynamis that animates the material body (organism), rules with unbounded sway …The Organon of Medicine
In order to be mentally and emotionally healthy one has to be self creating. This gift from the universe is still within every living thing. It is sacred, we can nurture it, and it seems to be the one thing that can produce the most amazing results in our life and contribute to society. Art, inventions, all forms of entertainment, new solutions to difficult problems all come from creativity. With creativity almost anything is possible. Time seems to stop when the creative process is happening, it is a different state of being. Nature and life are always in the process of creating. It can bring education to life and sustain the interest in learning.
Here are some other homeschool curriculums that may work better for your family if the one i have provided is not sufficient or does not fit the age of your child:
- The curriculum from your local public school. You can modify this by adding creativity.
- Oak Meadow Homeschool. This is a fully developed curriculum with lesson plans and support materials: https://www.oakmeadowbookstore.com/
- The BEarth Institute: Purchase a curriculum: https://earthschooling.info/thebearthinstitute/product-category/complete-curriculum-packages/
- Art of Homeschooling: https://waldorfinspiredlearning.com/resources-for-waldorf-homeschooling/
- Waldorf Homeschool: https://thewaldorfconnection.com/waldorfhomeschoolu/
- Free curriculum ideas: https://waldorfcurriculum.com/FREE/free_resources.html