Homeschool talk has been some what quiet here. However, I have some wonderful ideas swirling around in my head that I'd love to share with you. But these ideas are never limited to just homeschoolers. All types of "schooling" families are welcome to use any ideas laid out here. We are very much into exploring and enjoying art and "the arts", writing stories, reading aloud as a family, talking nature hikes--all things that any family can do together. We try not to call it "school" since my children think that's a dirty word. Anything formal (math, handwriting/grammar, etc) we call "lessons" or "formal lessons", or most recently, "disciplined studies".
I'm not a "veteran" homeschooler, but I am learning--in the trenches--and I've come to learn some things I'd love to pass along to you. Especially if you're a beginner and need some direction, motivation, encouragement, and/or empowerment. We all need support in some way! But also if you're right smack in the middle of it.
My favorite, most thorough and complete homeschool resource is Clay and Sally Clarkson's "Educating the WholeHearted Child". I will be referencing this book often and will even be giving some copies away. I have read many books on homeschooling and none come as close to being as complete and close to my heart as this one. It is a large book with over 300 pages of motivation, philosophy, resources, method explanations, learning styles, home life, and much more wonderfully useful information. It is really the heartbeat of what I've been trying to implement, but didn't know how. This has showed me how.
So, here is what I'll be writing on in the coming months each Tuesday:
- Why we homeschool and evaluating your own reasons
- Cultivating a love for learning early
- Rainy Days
- Summer enrichment activities
- Benefits of "schooling" year round
- Family Read Alouds
- Nature Study
- Art & Supplies
- Audio CD's
- Copy Work
- A week in our homeschool (to show you how each day looks different)
- A closer look into specific aspects of our days (for 3+ weeks, depending on interest)
These are going to be shared from the perspective of our experience and how we utilize each so you can see it in action. This schedule is subject to change based on readers questions and needs, or other fun things which may arise that I'll want to share.
Many of you are probably getting ready to wrap up your formal homeschool year. We are year-rounders and have found life has simply worked out that way. I have found many benefits of this way of homeschooling and look forward to sharing them in the future!
Is there anything NOT listed here that you would like me to address?