September 20, 2011 in Homeschooling
For me, one of the hardest parts of being a Pagan is that I often feel I have to do it alone. My children learn about the Christian God everywhere they go – friends’ houses, with my husband, school, and homeschool classes (sponsored by a Christian group). I long to teach them what I believe in.
Of course, the easiest way to do that is to make them a part of my traditions and celebrations. We talk about magic, and fairies have always been a part of our lives. Yet at a certain age, day-to-day discussions aren’t enough anymore. So how do I teach them more?
To be perfectly honest, I am approaching this issue the same way I would approach any homeschool topic they want to learn about. The difference is that we wouldn’t meet on a daily basis. We would make time weekly to get together and do something fun, have a discussion, and do a craft or something related to our topic.
Many family dynamic experts recommend weekly Family Meetings that are static – nothing is allowed to interfere with the Family Meeting time. This is a great opportunity to teach what I call “Funday School” lessons. Unfortunately, for as many years as we have been trying to have Family Meetings, we have never been able to make them “law” in our family.
If I were counseling anyone on this issue, including myself, I would strongly recommend that you choose a time for your family to get together. Use the opportunity to:
- Complement each other,
- Discuss things going on in the family (family rules, appointments, events, vacations, etc.),
- Have a brief spiritual lesson, then do something with that information
- Make an entry in a spiritual journal (we call it a Book of Light)
- Make a craft
- Bake something
- Write a spell or chant together
- Then finish with a game or dessert treat (healthy, of course)
At first, meetings would be led by a parent, but over time, as the kids get used to the series of events, kids can take turns leading the discussion and being a part of managing the meeting. Roles that might be rotated could be facilitator, timekeeper, and scribe or secretary.
You might be asking, “What exactly do I teach them in these Funday School lessons?” That will have to wait for another post, but you can certainly start by discussing an upcoming holiday – a moon celebration or esbat celebration is a perfect starting point. You might also like to teach them about animal magick or meditation. My suggestion on this is to keep it tangible and meaningful to their lives.