Everyone's talking about their plans for the fall...
I won't be buying any curriculum this year,
but that's not unusual.
It's just not how we learn...
no required texts,
or set schedule,
a structured scope and sequence
We learn naturally,
all the time,
following our interests,
using all of our senses,
and discussing things together.
There's no formula, but here's what we do:)
- Have a planning meeting- This year we sat together in the living room in our pjs one morning and discussed what the girls want to learn in the upcoming semester. They made lists, which are posted on a bulletin board in the kitchen (the girls have ownership in their learning and we are here to support and guide them always. I want them to realize the importance of that:)
- Incorporate hands-on, multi-sensory activities into every day like arts and crafts, cooking, science experiments, and games are a part of every day. Math might be cooking, building, logic problems, a puzzle, or a game of Yahtzee (or A. could decide to work through Saxon pre-algebra out of the blue, in which case we would wholeheartedly support her...textbook and all;) Sometimes I initiate an activity and sometimes the girls do. The important thing is that this is an expected part of every day. I like to think that we have an attitude of industriousness about our home:)
- Let our days flow vs. following a strict schedule- We typically are slow to get started in the morning and need quiet time (in other words, we are not morning people;) Eventually, we discuss any plans for the day and then build our daily routine around them. So, you might find us reading all day in our pjs one day and doing science experiments all day the next. No two days are the same, but we ALWAYS start the day with quiet time, spend time together working on projects or playing games at some point during the day, spend time outside, eat dinner together as a family, and read aloud at bedtime...that's just our flow. Our relaxed flow allows for plenty of unstructured free time for creativity, imaginative play, and the arts.
- Draw inspiration from living books and quality literature- like on this list of 1000 Good Books and also the book lists from Ambleside Online.
- Encourage active involvement in our community. Libraries, museums, the historical society, parks, and the college where I work are as much a part of our "classroom" as our home:) This means the bulk of our "school" budget goes to extracurricular activities like sports, piano lessons, art classes, theater, and other community activities.
- Learn together- We read the same books or watch movies together and discuss them. We are learning Spanish together as a family. We remodel our old farmhouse together. All of us took an archery class at the YMCA this past spring. Learning is not "school", it's a lifestyle and a family affair. I hope my girls see that.
- And finally, we recognize that what works for others may not work for us and that is perfectly okay. Our school day shouldn't look like another family's day because we do what works for us. And that's the beauty of homeschooling:)
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