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Homeschooling is one of my passions!
I’ve been homeschooling since I was in ninth grade…. THAT’S RIGHT!
I started homeschooling when I was in high school, and graduated thru a homeschool organization.
As I had children I homeschooled them too. None of my children have attended a public school, and 2 have graduated so far.
I’m so passionate about homeschooling that I’ve advised new homeschoolers in person for about 10 years.
Since traveling I’ve been sharing easy ways to homeschool for 3 years, and exploring new ways to do it myself ❤❤.
My Eclectic Style
Homeschooling to me is an adventure. Each child learns in a different way and has different interests.
Therefore, allowing for many styles has allowed them to enjoy a fullness of education that an inside the box curriculum could’ve never provided.
I first got turned onto the Charlotte Mason philosophy when I was searching for a way to focus my adopted, drug affected, ADHD child on traditional school work.
I fell in love with so much of it, but was also running a child care at the time, and couldn’t implement every aspect of it.
Charlotte focuses on learning from stories, nature, hands on… I’m sure you can see how this approach could interest a busy child. 🤣
From researching Charlotte Mason I felt safe to move from textbooks to more hands on studies for all the kids.
A unit study captures children’s attention and helps them understand the pieces of the whole as they fit together. When they learn about the oceans with a unit study, they learn about whales and dolphin, how the oceans flow, how explorers traveled the oceans with currents and wind, and how big and wide and deep the oceans. Through this approach, children develop critical thinking skills as they see how all of these components work together.
I found Amanda Bennett about 15 years ago!
I have watched excitedly as the company expanded, grabbing up new learning adventures as each child budded a new interest.
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For some of the kids, self directed learning was the route best for them.
For this method you leave educational resources in areas that catch their eye, and allow them to explore them at their leisure.
You are always available (as much as possible 😂) to engage with them and answer questions, look things up, and input your opinion.
The term “strewing” is used to describe leaving the learning resources in places that’ll catch interest.
Here are some examples of items used for strewing by subject:
Younger Levels – Click Each Subject:
Older Levels – Click Each Subject:
MATH, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ART, MUSIC, LITERATURE, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
This has been something that we’ve always done on a small scale, seeing every site and attraction within a few hundred miles of our home.
But a few years ago, we fully embracedthe minimalist lifestyle and jumped into an RV with 7 children and set off for an adventure.
This has been the best and most challenging decision of our entire lives, but I’d never go back.
Exploring each big attraction, small town, and each landscape has made the kids advance in ways they never could have in one spot.
The family became their security (rather than a geographical spot), the world their classroom, and people of all ages and cultures their classmates.
Their communication skills have skyrocketed, they can say “I’ve been there!” as they study current events, and as they settle into their adult lives I notice that they are confidently getting jobs and responsibly keeping them and their households running.
For the beginner, not quite sure where to start, I’ve developed an entire EASY TO FOLLOW curriculum with lesson plans included. CLICK HERE.
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