Life is School and Love is the Lesson

I saw this saying on the bumper of a car a few weeks ago and I have been thinking about it ever since.

There is a lot of truth in this saying. Our school motto is "Life is school and school is life," and if you add that "love is the lesson" we have a complete curriculum.

What better way to teach spelling, science, math, language arts, social studies, history, etc. than through love. It doesn't matter the book, what matters is the attitude of the student and the teacher. I believe that when both the teacher and student love each other and approach their academic studies with love then you recipe for success.

If you take the love out, learning doesn't necessarily stop, it just takes a bit more time, more head aches and more planning.

When you homeschool you already have that love part because of the child-mother relationship unlike in a traditional school setting. That doesn't mean that traditional teachers don't love their students and the students their teachers, but there is something more between a mother and child.

I'm not sure if it is "illegal" for teacher to hug their students when they do a wonderful job on an assignment, but I can only imagine it is with all the law suits that land in court. As a mother I constantly hug my kids when they do well and when they don't do well. I know students don't get to sit in their teacher's laps during story time, but my kids do. I know that when there is a bad day, we can talk about it and work through it and make a bad day turn out to be an OK day if not a great day.

As we enter a new school year, I hope that I can add to our school motto, "Life is school and school if life and love is the lesson." Yeah, I think that sounds better; now I just need to change our website.