Can I Really Homeschool? The simple answer: yes, you can. It will look different for everyone, and it will seem simpler for some than others, but yes…you can.
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” I came across this scripture when I was preparing for a Hebrew lesson the other day…and noticed something I’d never seen before, having only read it in English. Time after time, I’ve heard teachings about this verse, saying that if you raise your child in a faithful home and educate them about God, even if they rebel as a young adult, they will eventually return to “the way they should go” – that it’s a scriptural promise.
Many, many moons ago, my beautiful little boy came home from his first day at a new school, crying and asking me to homeschool him. Having had him in private schools since preschool, homeschooling was really not anything that was on our radar; two weeks prior, I distinctly remember telling some new friends who homeschooled, “I’m sure it’s a fine idea, but y’all are nuts.” Well, back to that fateful day: my son was excited to start a new school, as we had just moved to a new city and state. He loved his old school and teachers and had no reason to think that he wouldn’t love his new one. Then, we walked into the classroom.
I’ve found over the past 13+ years that my best curriculum discoveries come through word of mouth. Each Friday, I’m going to highlight some of the amazing curriculum options I’ve found over the years. And if they happen to be on sale, I’ll post and let you know!
Unschooling may be one of the more controversial topics in the world of homeschooling for a couple of reasons: First, this method is so very different from how many of us grew up that (at least at first) it’s hard to trust. Second, it’s a method that is often very misunderstood. It’s not a method that will work for every family, and that’s ok; however, Unschooling works incredibly well for some, so it’s worth investigating. And even if you decide not to jump in the deep end with this method, there may be facets of it that are well worth implementing in your homeschool.
I couldn’t figure out why it was so difficult for me to write this post…I love unit studies. I love researching them, designing them, planning them, and teaching them. Why should it be so hard to write about them? Then I realized…it’s because I’ve got so many ideas for units I want to write floating around in my head (and my Pinterest boards) that I want to write those. And I will. And I’ll make them available, so keep checking back!
“Charlotte Mason” is a term that is often heard in homeschool circles, but for many new families, it is a bit of a foreign concept. With terms like “living books,” “twaddle,” “Mother culture,” and “gentle learning,” it can seem a bit overwhelming to figure out. Never fear, I’m here to help.
Classical Homeschooling does tend to be fairly rigorous, and in a way, it’s supposed to be. However, that doesn’t mean it has to be difficult. There is a learning curve for those of us who didn’t grow up with a classical education, but that part of it is actually kind of fun: you get to learn right along with your child, building your skills as you help them build theirs. It does take a level of commitment, though…it’s a lot more difficult to turn to a teacher’s manual for the answers. That’s not a bad thing, but it is something to be aware of. That said, let’s dig into Classical!
Whether you’re brand new to homeschooling or have a few years of experience under your belt, trying to determine a method to follow can be a bit daunting, to say the least. Unit studies, classical, traditional? Who’s Charlotte Mason, and what’s this all about? This series of posts will cover the various styles of homeschooling, giving you information about each style, which types of learners each is good (or not so good) for, examples of the popular curriculum choices for each, and ideas for implementation.
Digging Deeper Into Learning Styles Now that we’ve covered the importance of understanding your child’s learning style and what it means to truly teach your child, it’s time to dig into the deeper question: How do my children actually learn, and what can I do to better teach them?
Question for you: What does it mean “to teach?” Whenever I ask this question to a group, I get a variety of responses: A lot of blank stares…”what do you mean, ‘what does it mean?’”