What’s your homeschooling style?
Our homeschooling style, if I had to label it, would be academic/Charlotte Masonish/hands-on/eclectic/hodgepodge.
As a new homeschool mom, I found a curriculum that we loved, but I soon discovered that we needed to branch out from it for some subject areas. Letting go of the compulsion to check off all the boxes, and learning to use the curriculum and not let it use us were a struggle, but once I did, I finally “got” it.
Much of our curriculum choices have come about through trial-and-error, and because each of my boys has a different learning style, not all of my “hand-me-down” curriculum has been successful with the younger ones.
A new homeschool mom with young kids on a support loop I am part of has struggled this year with trying to “do it all,” resulting in her and her kids becoming miserable. Once she relaxed a little and stopped requiring them to do everything, they are all much happier. She was questioning her choice with the curriculum, but several veteran homeschool moms encouraged her to cater it to her needs and the needs of her kids: don’t require all the copywork, skip some of the questions, let them narrate and you write for them.
The important things are to find your groove, immerse yourselves into learning, enjoy this time with your kids, and adapt the curriculum to fit you.
With one child in an elementary grade, one in a middle grade, and one in high school this year, I am certainly having to take that advice. Also, while looking at the bigger picture (transcripts anyone?), I have to remind myself to take things one day at a time. Even a high schooler benefits from one on one time, hands-on projects, discussion, and shared learning, so we do a little bit of this/a little bit of that, and sneak in extra things when we can.
One year, my high schooler’s curriculum included: Beautiful Feet U. S. and World History for Sr. High, Beautiful Feet Geography, IEW Writing for American History/for Literary Analysis/and for Geography, Movies as Literature, Wordly Wise vocabulary and English from the Roots Up flash cards, Teaching Textbooks math, Apologia science, Rosetta Stone Spanish, an on-line film course, a literature discussion group using Progeny Press literature guides, listening to The Story of the World CD in the car, homeschool art classes, homeschool history museum classes, guitar, and whatever else I am forgetting right now. He also writes scripts and writes a blog. Do we check off all the boxes in the instructor’s guides? 🙂
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