I’ve been absent in the blogosphere lately, due to a number of things – but primarily I think I was suffering from dronitis. Occasionally, during summer months, my kids pick up a dose of what I call Imboreditis, but I’m pretty sure I had developed what I’m going to coin as dronitis. Dronitis, (pronounced drone-eye-tis) usually affects parent-teachers who have been homeschooling for more than 5 years. Symptoms include: lack of enthusiasm, diminished ability to focus, decreased concentration, and visible drone-like behaviour. If you find yourself affected by dronitis then I highly recommend a good dose of fresh enthusiasm.
But, how praytell, does one come across such enthusiam? Where can it be found? I have seen many a good soul fall victim to dronitis, and have witnessed them search high and low for such enthusiasm, only to come up empty handed – inheriting instead a case of newly developed chronic dronitis.
What is needed in these cases to stimulate said enthusiasm is a switching of educational gears. That’s right – I’m switching gears. Eventually there comes a time when one needs to re-evaluate their homeschooling methods and approaches, and sometimes even the curriculum. For me, it means going back to what I love: following primarily, a Charlotte Mason (with a twist of classical) approach to homeschooling. I’ve always considered myself a bit eclectic in my homeschooling methods, and have tried various approaches and curricula, but lately I had been feeling that our learning plan was lacking something. The learning plan looked good on paper and promised to meet many learning outcomes, but there seemed to be something fundamental that was missing and I couldn’t quite put my finger on it.
Then I remembered – there hasn’t been enough time to read the rich literature that I want my children to experience, or go for a nature walk and turn the afternoon into a science lesson – sparked by a particular species of bird whch was sighted, insect discovered, or wild flower found. There was no time for rich stories of history influenced by fascinating figures making historical discoveries in science, mathematics, or geography. Subjects had become segregated from one another, and were starting to resemble what I’d call drudgery. Drudgery of course has been known to bring on a sure case of dronitis, and for educational and creative purposes, must be dealt with swiftly.
So I now have my prescription – Enthusiasm: take as often as needed, food is optional, make sure to take entire prescription – failing to due so could influence this prescription’s effectiveness. Side effects include: increased productivity, overall happiness, peace of mind, and increased desire to learn all we can.