I often find myself wondering at the beauty of light. The day of sunshine, the light peeking through the clouds after a storm, the beautiful sunrise over the beach, the sunset over the lake. I feel so fortunate to be able to stop on so many days and savor this light and drink it in. The strength of the sun pours in, and makes me think of this verse by Rudolf Steiner:
The light of the sun is flooding
The breadths of space,
The song of the bird is sounding
Through realms of air,
The wakening plants are springing
From depths of earth,
And filled with thanks the souls of men are rising
To spirits of the world.
Upon hearing Steiner’s words, I always think: shall we be able to carry the sun and light with us into unknown? I find this is often the question in education as well – can I prepare my most precious children, the best thing I have to offer this world, a way to carry light into the unknown of their growing times?
In the end it isn’t really about the trigonometry of tenth grade or the writing in seventh grade or the second grade nature stories, but this spirit of love that will sustain them through the hard times. I think this is why many of us are attracted to a slower pace of life and perhaps to homeschooling in general; with that we can hold on to this tenderness in time.
What I hope most to offer to my children and to others is this love for humanity and the world and all the fun things in it; a compassion and kindness for others; to have our children grow up to be ethical, kind, and loving human beings who are healthy in every sense of that word. This is what keeps homeschooling from going stale every year and provides a renewed focus.
As we all plan and ponder, let us not forget the most important large picture of gratitude, love, and duty; goodness, beauty and truth; and health of the ever-growing and ever-changing human being.