I am trying my best to figure out what homeschooling should look like. I have asked several people how they order their school day. I have inquired about homeschool co-ops, support groups, conferences, etc. I cannot get a consistent answer. Everyone has their own style. Some people do school in the morning others at night. Some people are part of a co- op who meet together and teach each other’s children others go it alone. Some people use curriculums others don’t. We are just at the beginning of our homeschooling journey and I am confident that my methods will change…. often. I have tried several different things this year already.
I definitely like the curriculum we picked, My Father’s World. I like it because it is inexpensive. I like it because it does not have a lot of busy work.
In my ideal world, we have a set apart time for “school” every day. A focused, uninterrupted time where I can focus on the Monkey Boy and teach him the lesson for the day. Some weeks, however, we do all our school work in two days because we are so busy or sick or tired or have appointments to get to or …
I am realizing that so much more goes into my childrens’ education than reading, phonics, writing, math, science. Last week, we spent time helping some dear friends prepare for a yard sale that would raise money to go towards the cost of adopting two children from Ethiopia. My children learned the importance of community and rallying around our neighbors in their time of need. They learned the what an orphan is and why we need to be concerned about the orphans of the world. We didn’t do “school” that day. At the end of last week, some other new friends asked if we could watch their two girls while they spent some time packing to get ready to move back to India where they are missionaries. My children learned what a missionary is… and again what it means to be part of a community. We didn’t do “school” that day either.
I feel these lessons they learned last week are just as important (if not more) than the academic stuff. My children will learn to read … big brother is 5 and already reads chapter books and encyclopedias. I am not worried about his academic welfare. I want my children to have empathy, to have hearts for others and to serve by putting others’ needs ahead of their own. I want my children to know the value of community and learn to value what God values over what the world deems important.
I don’t really know what homeschooling is supposed to look like, but as with everything else in our family’s life… I will take it one day at a time and figure it out.
I do “do school” with my kids. They do get their work done. They do learn academic stuff, have art lessons, and attend homeschool PE at the Y. I do see the value in “traditional” education. I was a teacher before I was a mom. Just thought you should know.