Let’s put it on the table once again. Repeat after me and say it loudly, “There will always be gaps.”
- If you use textbooks, there will be gaps.
- If you use a living books approach, there will be gaps.
- If you unschool, there will be gaps.
- If you you choose a new curriculum each year, there will certainly be gaps.
- Even if you use the same curriculum from K to 12, there will still be gaps.
We are human and fallible. This world is fallen. There will always be gaps in our learning.
To think that public school, or textbooks, or a pre-packaged curriculum or whatever is going to magically erase gaps is not realistic.
The fear of gaps is something that holds us back as homeschooling moms. Obviously we want a thorough study of a subject. And sometimes the gaps are critical. We must stop and fill them in.
But don’t let the fear of gaps control your choice of curriculum or method. If you believe in a Charlotte Mason education, go for it full force. Look the Big Bad Gaps in the face and laugh at them.
We know you’re there, Big Bag Gaps. And we’re not afraid. Because this whole life is a learning journey and I am not my child’s only teacher. Education does not stop with me. I have the privilege of laying a foundation that will be built on as long as these children are alive.
How concerned are you about gaps? What do you do to avoid gaps? Or how to you handle the fear of gaps?