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.
I now realize that homeschooling is just that – home schooling. It’s not meant to be the same as public school. It is ok if our day is different and if our learning style is different.
We may buy curriculum that comes with lesson plans and prepackaged stuff, but we don’t have to follow along with that plan. We are a family school and as such the classroom approach just doesn’t work for us.
We don’t have to, nor do we need to, do every assignment in the book. We don’t have to do entire worksheets or follow any certain order. And while I do give tests, we are not concerned with taking certain tests at certain times of the year, thus we are free to just go at our own pace. Last year we did the middle of some of our books at the end and the end at the beginning – it just worked out better that way. And that’s ok.
I’m excited to get started on the upcoming year. I look forward to exploring zoology with my daughter and diving into a deeper study of American history with my son. I’m excited for art electives and science experiments. I’m even looking forward to pre-algebra!