I've been all over the board when it comes to homeschooling. Well, maybe not all over the board, but pretty close to it.
We started homeschooling way back in , gosh, what year was that? My daughter was in 5th grade when we pulled her out. She's now a senior in college (doing really well, thank you!) Wow. What an adventure it has been! When we first took her out, we spent the remaining months of the school year (it was March) in a rather relaxed state. Not as relaxed as I would have liked it to have been knowing what I know now about all the different styles of homeschooling, but relaxed for what I knew. Her emotional and physical health were my priority. They were definitely more important than academics so since math and science totally stressed her out, we didn't do much with it at all. Oh, I got raised eyebrows on that one all right. Especially from family members and others that just don't get the concept of homeschooling or that education does NOT have to look like what it does in public schools. I have to admit I allowed it to unnerve me a bit and I really wish I hadn't. I wish I would have read more about Charlotte Mason and more about unschooling back then. If I had, we would have dumped ALL academics the rest of that year and just focused on nature study and art study. Oh well, I can't change the past. But I can learn from it and from the experiences of others.
The following year we added my son to our homeschool (he finished out 1st grade but wanted to be home with us) and it was more of a school at home setup. We did okay, used Sonlight for most things and Abeka Math. We enjoyed the Sonlight materials but threw out a lot of the fluff by the end of the year. The rest of the years was me piecing together this and that- but still looking for 'curriculum' for most subjects- other than science the year we still lived in York and the kids did Envirothon with the homeschool group there. Oh , THAT was grand! I think they still look back as one of their best homeschooling experiences.
Time went by and now I have my senior in college, a senior in high school (yes, still at home!) AND an almost 7 year old.
My schooling style with THIS young man is completely different. It's even progressed during the last year. I started out completely on board with the Charlotte Mason approach but quickly decided, that while I love her philosophy, a mixture of her methods and unschooling methods may be more along our lines of educational philosophy at this time in our lives. And it's definitely more in line with my son's needs and learning style.
I'm looking forward to sharing with you the things we are doing - the reading, the memory work, the nature walks, the timeline, the US map, Life of Fred, and, most importantly, the amount of FREE PLAY he is allowed. Oh yes, and the JOY. 🙂
In the meantime, I have dinner to cook, a Lemongrass Spa event to plan, a 6 year old to read to, and lots of things to catch up on from the week before driving my oldest son off to his girlfriend's grandmother's home where he will be leaving for a trip to Florida to see his girlfriend. So while you are waiting for the next Homeschool Update Segment, WHAT KIND OF CHANGES HAVE YOU MADE ON YOUR HOMESCHOOL JOURNEY?