Sunday, September 13

Relaxed homeschooling Pt. 1

I used to call myself a wanna-be unschooler but I think at heart I am more of a relaxed homeschooler. I require my kids to learn math on a daily basis and I think that negates me from ever being trendy enough to be an unschooler.
What does our relaxed home education look like? A little bit of everything. I prefer not to use textbooks, believing that textbooks were designed for schools. I'm a big proponent of not duplicating a school environment in our home. We don't say the pledge every morning and we don't line up in desks. I'm not much for curriculums. They scare me. If there's a fun or hands on way to learn a vital life skill or piece of knowledge, I want to find it and incorporate it.
Ever since I graduated from school, I have loved learning. I don't want our children to have to wait that long.


Laryssa Herbert said...

Sounds like your homeschool is a lot like ours!

~ Shannon said...

Thank you for this post! I was homeschooled "all the way," and loved it. I worked through summers because I wanted to, did as many lessons per day as I wanted to, and ended up graduating early. When I went to college, suddenly learning became a chore. I still loved most of my classes, but it was something I *had* to do. It took me a while after graduation to rediscover a love for learning!

Your comment about not wanting your children to have to wait until after school to love learning was brilliant -- one day your children will thank you for that!

Thank you so much for your blog! It is such an encouragement -- not because you have a perfect life, but because you show the struggles and the joys of raising a family, and you do so in a beautiful way. Thank you!

Sorry for the ramble! ;-)

Yours in Christ,

Laura said...

What a great philosophy! I had similar thoughts for the 16 years I home schooled, but I wasn't creative enough (or too chicken) to exclude a math book! My fifth child just started public high school this fall. I think you are doing a wonderful job and enjoy your blog.

Trudy Callan said...

We homeschool in a very similar way as you while utilizing the Living Books Approach with the Charlotte Mason method.

mandi said...

i'm with you on this one.
i loved college, but i understand the point you are making.
i probably just loved college because i majored in literature- who wouldn't love getting to read classic literature everyday? i joke that i have a degree in reading. because that's basically what it is!

Tania @ Larger Family Life said...

We all absolutely love the flexibility of homeschooling.