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I am an educator who has been schooled.

He lies next to me
Adorable and yummy
Curious and engaged
Full of ideas
With a very deliberate charge

He is a thinker
A planner
A leader
A snuggler

And I can’t help but wonder why we take learning
Out of the home and fully entrust it to institutions

Now, I’m a teacher
And this is not a post to disparage organized learning

There is power in collaboration
Power in discovery
Power in being around peers
Power in play, imagination

But today, I feel the power of togetherness.

They call it parallel-play in psychology
Engaged in different activities
Enjoying each other’s company, space

Our space was the bed
Uniformed in pajamas
He was watching original Mickey Mouse footage
I was attempting to organize my digital files.

We watched together
I paused the TV to point out that a scene from the movie was similar to one we had read earlier—a scarecrow covered in crows.
I’ll teach him about irony later, when he is three and a half…

Our conversation was no different than the ones I’d have with my Kindergarten students, meandering through ideas, working our musings out, imaginary, playful, curious, serious.

This space was sacred, indeed!
And the comfort was built in

There was no exercise in “establishing rapport”
I did establish more cuddles!

Childhood happens once.
It confuses me when parents rush to mottle it with “rigor”

I think they mean vigor
Rigor is short for rigor mortis—which is how I feel when people ask me for it.

Love and learning happen in soft moments, blurred moments, peaceful moments.
At the very least memory happens during rest.

And what will he remember from this day?
I know it will be love.
The coolness & comfort of being together
Taking moments to observe

These are the moments when plants grow
Chicks hatch
Rivers flow

This is life
And the only thing about life that mirrors school

I was happy to be here with him.


He’s up from nap.
Here he comes now!
Gotta go!


10 thoughts on “#SOL15.Home.Schooled

  1. Sonja Schulz March 12, 2015 / 12:36 am

    this was beautiful! thank you for posting.

    • charinickerson March 12, 2015 / 12:35 pm

      Thank you for your comment and for stopping by!

  2. Stacey Shubitz March 12, 2015 / 12:47 am

    I like the idea of vigor vs. rigor. What a wise thing to point out.

    Lovely poem!

  3. BSoltero March 12, 2015 / 12:50 am

    Such sweet memories being made! Thanks for the post!

  4. mrssurridge March 12, 2015 / 3:01 am

    I love my job, but sometimes I think homeschooling would be a highly valuable experience. I’m not sure I’d want to do it with my own kids, but it’s a very appealing idea to “homeschool” someone else’s child. 🙂 Although, I would REALLY miss my classroom.

    • charinickerson March 12, 2015 / 12:34 pm

      “I’m not sure I’d want to do it with my own kids, but it’s a very appealing idea to “homeschool” someone else’s child. :)” This is funny… Could you imagine your own kids walking to the bus stop when another kid just walks in your front door? Oh, I truly enjoy my work and where I work is a thriving community of learners/educators. But those sweet moments are unbeatable, and important. They add humanity and perspective–that the children in our classrooms are dearly loved and snuggled when they are away from us.

  5. LSquared March 12, 2015 / 3:36 am

    A beautiful portrait of your time together.

    • charinickerson March 12, 2015 / 12:23 pm

      Thank you, and now for another day to explore! Enjoy yours!

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