What is nice about homeschool is that we all have our own styles. There is no right or wrong way- except to make sure you are within the guidelines of your state or province. I have felt very secure within my curriculum. Feeling that they know more than I do about scope and sequence and planning what year to teach what content.
But within the safety of the curriculum (we use BJPress) we have had a lot of fun taking some of our own rabbit trails and digging deeper into a topic. For example, we found Lewis, Clark, and Sacagawea fascinating. We found lots of books at the library and spent a few weeks reading about them.
This post was very interesting and I decided that I have a definite interest in the Charlotte Mason method- especially when it comes to learning from real books.
I enjoyed reading about Charlotte Mason. What do you think? Do you follow her ideas?
Then I found this post on nature journals. I love this!!! Totally love it.
Teaching is totally different at home than when I taught kindergarten. To have 3 different students at different grade levels- to have to keep up with the laundry- to live with your students. This all adds some interesting moments- but what I am learning is that each year is closer to what I am striving for. The older the kids get the more we can do as far as creative teaching. But there is nothing wrong with - "sit and do your math worksheet, sit and practice your flashcards." As in everything, life included- it is all a balance and some of the schooling is just going to be downright hard work and self discipline!
So this turned into just a bunch of random thoughts about homeschool. Basically I just wanted to share those links that were inspiring to me. Maybe encourage you if you have just started homeschooling and it is not going so well. May you one of these days find yourself surrounded by your children, just as excited as them about the book or project you are working on. That kind of day is precious. Precious are the moments when we really connect and communicate with our kids (whether you homeschool or not).
Precious are the moments when you get to read scriptures together- to see God's Word in a new light. We read Psalm 119:105 today:
Your Word is a lamp to my feetOh that our children would take God's Word and use it to guide their ways- to use it as the light so they do not have to stumble through life.
And a light to my path.
Any precious moments lately? How is homeschool going for you? How is traditional school going for you? I am not against traditional school and I would love to hear your thoughts as well. I know some parents who do a really good job at carving out that time to spend with their children after a day at school and/or before school.