Too bad I didn't find it until it was already late, because I stayed up way later than I should have, reading. Even then I only skimmed lots of it because it's an immense thread, probably equivalent to a short book, and if you follow all the links you will have enough reading and listening for the whole winter, I think.
Though Chari and I are very different and our homeschools look very different, I think what we both have always had in common in our homeschooling, and one of the reasons we are such good friends, is exactly at the heart of what this thread brings out.
Both of us tried to give ourselves this kind of education when we were growing up, even though the public school system of the 70's was by no means compatible with it. Both of us, as we embarked on the homeschooling venture, found ourselves discarding things that didn't fit our half-understood vision and doing more of the things that seemed to "work" with our children, though "what worked" wasn't entirely clear except when it happened.
Chari has told me about her years of "Tree Schooling" where she and her young children would go outside and simply pick up one book after another and LIVE through them. Her children were late readers, but when I met them they were some of the most thoughtful and intellectually engaged youngsters I had ever met. Their eyes would glow as they talked in great detail about some book that they obviously comprehended better than many a college student (I am allowed to brag about Chari's kids : )).
My grown kids, when they talk about their homeschooled years, often refer in one way or another to the "Poetic Knowledge" element of our homeschooling years. They don't necessarily use that language, but they are talking about something I remember too --- a kind of mystery and wonder at the heart of things that pierced into them and which they carry with them now.
I am not writing about this to brag in the least, at least not about my set of youngsters : ). Chari and I both struggled hard during those years, and made our share of missteps. I actually sort of think this comes with that territory. When you venture off the smooth track, sometimes you get a bit scratched and maybe sometimes lost for a little bit. We were looking for something that is hard to pin down --- in fact, I think it's safe to say that when you pin it down entirely, you have lost it.
I know that when one reads things like that one immediately feels a bit lost and like one doesn't know where to start. That is how I felt anyway part of the time I was reading The Thread. But I think this is why Andrew Kern, when he commented, said that it matters less WHAT you are reading than HOW. There is an approach of the heart -- I think most of us sense it is there, but it gets cluttered by fear. That, I think, is why he said it is so important to teach from a place of rest, to slow down, to just look for a different kind of thing. And I would say to remember to "look" is a very big step.
I probably will write more about this some other time, because it's been on my mind a lot recently, even before I read The Thread. But now, I have to turn to other things. Have a good homeschooling day!