Homeschooling is one of the greatest adventures I have taken since becoming a mother. Each day it allows me to spend time with my children. We get to learn about the world around us and all of the lovely things that God has created. I get to instill my values into my children’s hearts. I get to watch them grasp new concepts.
Homeschooling can be a load of fun! Homeschooling can also be very hard. If you are new or in your last year, you know that there is no set way for everyone to homeschool their children. There is a good reason for that. No two children are alike.
There are many different approaches to homeschooling and none of them are wrong.
The classical approach is often a bit more parent led but allows the child freedom to grow and learn at their own rate. The child starts learning the Three R’s and builds upon those skills from there.
The Charlotte Mason approach is very child let. It is centered around the ideas thought and taught by Charlotte Mason that children should be given time to play, create, and be involved in real-life situations from which they can learn. Students of the Charlotte Mason method take nature walks, visit art museums, and learn geography, history and literature from “living books.”
The Montessori Approach allows children to grow and develop their learning at their own pace making it “errorless learning”. Wooden tools, shapes, and letters along with pictures, and many other creative hands on items are given to the child to explore and learn on their own.
The Unschooling approach is the most laid back of all. It is all child led learning, allowing for unit studies and the like to be completed as your child becomes interested in new topics.
The Eclectic Approach is a mixture of many different styles.
No matter what approach you choose know that you must do what is write for you and your children. Like I said before, no two children learn the exact same way. It is up to you to decide how to best teach your children. Make learning a lifestyle and live it each day. By doing that you ensure that your children are surrounded with learning opportunities.
Make sure that you learn the laws in the state and county that you live in and that you are covering every subject and getting all of your attendance days accounted for.
Most of all, have fun! This is your adventure. Make it personal. Own your decision to homeschool. Let your children know that being at home with you is the right decision for you and your family. I can’t promise that each day is going to be a breeze, it won’t. But I can promise that if you stick with it, and make adjustments where needed, you will look back on this as a great season in your life.
Now I want to know what type of homeschooler you are!