Saturday, February 21, 2009

Charolette mason homeschooling or just Ecletic or do you need a name for it anyway?

First Blog entry so here is goes. I love homeschooling because we can go down "rabbit trails" that peak the interest of my kids. They can be good at most but experts at what they are truly interested in at the time. For years i have internally struggled with the need to have a name for "our style" of homeschooling when asked "so are you the classical approach type or Charolette Mason or unschoolers or blah blah blah??" "What curriculum do you use?" I always hesistate to answer the questions because we are not purist by any means. We are a Christian family with the desire ( to prayerfully) met the educational and social needs of our child in the way we best see fit. Sometimes that looks way intense and sometimes that looks sooo loose but ask my kids a few questions or listen to them read and there will be no doubt in your mind they are "on par" and a few of them "above grade level (according to the public school)" in many areas of "school life". Lifeskills (discipline, respect, you know that kind of stuff), :Love for God and others, and a love for reading, writing, 'rithmetic, and nature is of upmost importance to me.

We have an almost 4 acre piece of property and we have just begun to explore it. It has become a central focus for our studies. We have tied it into phonics, reading, science experiments and nature studies. Like I said, we have to let go sometimes and go down all the rabbit trails we can!!!

Two weeks ago

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