As a homeschooling mother of four, I have found that one of the most rewarding aspects of homeschooling is the opportunity to nurture my children’s emotional, intellectual, and spiritual growth in a holistic and personalized way. As a Druid Spiritualist Mystic and Master Herbalist, I believe that education should not only be about acquiring knowledge and skills but also about cultivating empathy, wisdom, and connectedness with the natural world and the spiritual realm.
One of the ways that I integrate my spiritual and herbal practices into our homeschooling is by teaching my children about the healing properties of plants and how to use them for self-care and wellness. We go on herb walks, make herbal remedies and teas, and learn about the cultural and historical significance of different herbs. This not only deepens our knowledge of science and history but also fosters a sense of respect and gratitude for the natural world and its gifts.
Another important aspect of our homeschooling is teaching our children to be empathetic and compassionate individuals who are respectful of others and the earth. We do this by modeling empathy and compassion in our interactions with each other and the world around us, and by incorporating social and environmental justice issues into our curriculum. We also practice mindfulness and meditation to cultivate self-awareness, emotional regulation, and spiritual connection.
Being a secular homeschooling family, we are free to explore different spiritual and philosophical traditions without any specific religious affiliation. This allows us to incorporate different perspectives and teachings into our homeschooling, while also emphasizing the importance of critical thinking and independent inquiry. We encourage our children to ask questions, challenge assumptions, and seek truth and wisdom in their own ways.
In conclusion, homeschooling provides a unique opportunity to educate and nurture the whole child, including their emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development. As a Druid Spiritualist Mystic and Master Herbalist, I have found that integrating my spiritual and herbal practices into our homeschooling has not only enhanced my children’s learning but also deepened our connection to ourselves, each other, and the natural world.