Let the Planning Begin!

One of my favorite times of the homeschool year is right now.  This is the time of the year when all of our new materials have arrived and I get to start planning out the learning adventure.

I love looking through all of the new books and deciding which path to take with them.

We never follow the curriculum exactly as it is presented – and I don’t recommend anyone do that.

Kids are each uniquely created with their own learning styles and interests.

By planning and preparing ahead of time, we are able to create an environment that captures imaginations and encourages academic growth.

It has taken me a lot of years to figure out that homeschooling doesn’t have to, nor should it, resemble public school.  For quite a while I was overly concerned with making sure we were just like everyone else – and by everyone else, I meant just like public schoolers.  I worried about what people would think or what they would say in regards to how my kids were learning.

But that has changed.

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School’s Out for Summer!

We’ve just completed another fabulous homeschooling year. I now have an 8th grader and a 6th grader on my hands. I’m so proud of these two!

Benjamin – 8th grader / Yeva – 6th grader

People sometimes ask me if it is hard to homeschool kids who have special needs.  My answer to anyone out there wondering is that it is no more difficult than homeschooling any other kid.  You plan, you prepare, you create lessons that work, and you deal with each day as it comes.

Benjamin and Yeva have both done very well.  Each year we seem to have new struggles because as children grow the challenges change, but we make it through just fine.

The Lord sees to it that we have just what we need right when we need it.

Our Homeschooling has Changed

I used to think that I needed tons of room to homeschool my kids. In fact, when I first started homeschooling them (our eighth year is now coming to an end), I had an entire classroom going. There were multiple shelves, desk-like tables, bulletin boards, a chalkboard and a whiteboard, and all kinds of bright decorative things.  But times have changed.  I’ve changed.  The way we homeschool has changed.

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How we Homeschool

I’m always interested in how others homeschool, so today I thought I would start showing you how we go about things.  This is my eighth year of homeschooling.  I started when Benjamin was in kindergarten; he is now in seventh grade.  Both kids had short experiences in public school, but we learned quickly that public school just wasn’t the path we were meant to take.

I started out with a very traditional homeschooling method and that has worked well, but as the kids get older I find we are moving more and more to an unschooling approach in regards to science and history.  Unschooling is basically a child led approach to learning.  It is interest driven rather than book driven.  I may not have the exact definition here, but that is pretty much the gist of what we do in those areas.

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