Overhauling Our Homeschool – Adjusting our “How” to fit our “Why”

 

This post is part of the 2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair hosted by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds. You can see the list of my posts for the 2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair here

 

2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair introduction

 

WEEK 2: How We Homeschool

Please see the bottom of the post for a list of all the Week Two Virtual Homeschool Fair Posts. 

 

2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair Week 2: How we homeschool; Overhauling our Homeschool

 

Last week I shared our reasons for homeschooling but there is one reason which is also our main goal that I did not share.

To teach our children how to learn, to instill a love of learning, and to create a lifestyle of learning. 

Over the last year or so our methods of homeschooling have not been serving this goal so we are currently in the process of changing our methods to match the goal. One thing I have learned about homeschooling is that you can’t be too committed to one way of doing things. You must be able to adjust when the methods don’t serve the mission.

For the last seven years we have been using a very classical method of schooling and for the most part, it was working well. Lately, I’ve noticed that it is no longer working for certain children and is causing undue stress in the family. So we are switching things up and taking a much more relaxed approach. (There is nothing wrong with the method itself it just isn’t a good fit for our family in our current phase.)

I have found that there isn’t a specific method that quite fits my personal vision for my homeschool. There are several that come close:

Unschooling……..Delight Directed…….Life Schooling…….Interest Led…….

So I’m piecing together my own method based on our goals and vision. I am drawing inspiration and ideas from many resources and hacking together my own method. Next week, we will talk more about some of the specific curricula and resources I’m using, but today I’m just going to address the method in general.

Here are some of the ideas and inspiration I’m using to create our new schooling method:

 

Hackschooling:

I love this kid! He is wise beyond his years! 

 

Leadership Education:

 

These two books are basically the starting point for what is called Thomas Jefferson Education or Leadership Education. You can also find lots of great resources on the TJed website and their Facebook group is a wonderful place for ideas and support! I am planning to use many (probably most) of the ideas they present in my schooling.

 

Unschooling:

I just bought this book and am enjoying it so far! I am only a couple chapters in. So far it is more about the why than the how but regardless it is encouraging and inspirational.

 

Charlotte Mason:

While I plan to be more relaxed than a true Charlotte Mason follower, I love her emphasis on reading good literature and will be incorporating nature journaling and some of her other ideas into my homeschool. Ambleside Online is an amazing (free) resource for all things Charlotte Mason. You can use it as your entire curriculum or draw what you want and leave the rest.

 

Other Resources:

Here are just a few other resources I’m using as I pray and plan how our homeschool should function to best meet our goals:

Lifeschooling Conference – this is a live conference in North Carolina that sounds very much like what I want to implement in my family. I can’t go to North Carolina in the foreseeable future but they do offer the digital recordings on their website for the 2016 and 2017 conferences. I’m currently working my way through the 2017 recordings (then I will go back and watch the 2016 videos).

 

 <Excellent book for ALL homeschool moms regardless of what method you use or theory you subscribe to!

 

 

 What can I say? I love everything by the Clarksons and this one happens to have lots of tips and advice that fit my vision!>

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair Week 2: How we homeschool; Overhauling our Homeschool

 

 

So, I don’t have a specific method to tell you about. It is sort of unschooling, sort of delight directed, and heavily influenced by Leadership Education. If you are yearning for more freedom in your homeschool and more time for your kids to explore and learn naturally rather than through prescribed curriculum and workbooks perhaps these resources will give you a place to start.

 

Click here to see a list of all of my posts in the 2018 Virtual Homeschool Conference. 

 

 

 

What do my fellow homeschool bloggers have to say about their Homeschool Method? Go visit them to find out!

Note: all posts will be live after 8 am EST on Monday, Jan. 15th.

How Our Academic Co-op Completes Our Eclectic Homeschool by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

A Method to Our Madness by Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays

Finding Our Homeschool Method by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool

How We Homeschool by Amanda @ Hopkins Homeschool

Give Us…. by Annette @ A Net in Time

A day in our Home by Sarah@DeliveringGrace

Lit-Based Education: How We Homeschool by Debra @ Footprints in the Butter

Overhauling Our Homeschool – Adjusting our “How” to fit our “Why” by Sabrina Scheerer @ Kids, Crunch, and Christ

A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler: Expectation Vs. Reality by Leah @ As We Walk Along the Road

How Charlotte Mason Transformed Our Homeschool by Brittney @ Mom’s Heart

Captain’s Log, Supplemental – Our Homeschool Days by Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break

How we get it done. by Kim @ Good Sweet Love

How to Organize Daily Curriculum with the School Cart by Jeniffer @ Thou Shall Not Whine

Learning For LIfe by Lori H @ At Home: where life happens

Eclectic Homeschooling: When It All Comes Together by Jen @ A Helping Hand Homeschool

A Typical Day? by Lizzy @ Peaches@Home

This is the Way We Do Our School, So Early in the Morning by Laura @ Four Little Penguins

A Little of This and a Little of That: Eclectic Homeschooling by Laura O @ Day by Day in Our World

Still Classically Educating After All These Years by True North Homeschool Academy

So what exactly is Life Led Homeschooling? by Dana @ Life Led Homeschool

The way we learn ~ 2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair by Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning

Our Homeschool Routine by Joelle @Homeschooling For His Glory

Homeschool Methods ñ 8 Tips for the Journey by Kristen @ Sunrise to Sunset

How Our Homeschool Came To Be (and why we continue)

This post is part of the 2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair hosted by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds. You can see the list of my posts for the 2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair here

 

2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair introduction

 

WEEK 1: The Reasons We Homeschool

Please see the bottom of the post for a list of all the Week One Virtual Homeschool Fair Posts. 

 

How Our Homeschool Came To Be

I’m going to be really honest; I used to be pretty anti-homeschooler. I just didn’t understand why on earth anyone would want to homeschool and thought they all fit the “weird unsocialized homeschooler” stereotype. I couldn’t imagine homeschooling and had every intention of having my 2.5 kids and sending them off to school so I could go to work. Then my oldest was born, on September 7th. Meaning she would turn six just a few days after starting kindergarten. This particular child was very mature for her age from the get-go (yes, I know everyone thinks their child is smart/mature/gifted etc but she really was very mature), but she also tended to follow along with other children she was around. I was concerned that if she were the oldest in her class she would not only be bored but would follow other (younger) kids in the class and possibly pick up bad habits. (No I’m not calling all kindergarteners bad, it was just my train of thinking at the time.)

In Texas, if you homeschool kindergarten a year early and try to enroll your child in school they will still put that child in kindergarten per his/her age. However, what I was told (I have no idea if this was or still is completely accurate) was that if you homeschool through first grade they will let that child go into public school for second grade regardless of age.

I figured I could easily handle homeschooling kindergarten and first grade and then put her in school, problem solved!!

I am a researcher and relatively impulsive when it comes to jumping into something new so when my oldest was all of two-and-a-half I dove into homeschooling methods and curriculum. I found online homeschooling forums and connected with moms who had been doing it for a while. I bought boxed curriculum and individual curriculum and tried lots and lots of things. A whole new world opened up to me and the people there were not nearly as strange or unsocialized as I had imagined! I basically fell in love with homeschooling and completely forgot about the idea of putting her in school in second grade.

 

2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair Week 1 why we homeschool; How our homeschool came to be and why we continue!

 

Why We Continue

I don’t even know where to begin with what our current reasons are for homeschooling and why I continued past my original goal of first grade. Homeschooling fits our family, I love the flexibility, and I love being my children’s primary adult influence. Here are just a few of the main reasons we homeschool:

 

Flexibility

We are a military family. We move. My husband deploys…then returns. The Army dictates when we can take a vacation. These things are tricky when kids are in school and must abide by school schedules. The Army does try to accommodate those schedules; most military members with school-age kids move during the summer or over Christmas break. But the fact that a large number of military families move during this time can make scheduling movers, getting housing, flights, etc harder due to demand. Leave is usually scheduled in the summer and over Christmas as well but when they are about to deploy or have just returned leave is generally also offered near departure and return dates which could fall anytime during the year.

Homeschooling allows us to take a break during moves and before and after deployments if that fits our family better than the traditional schedule of a school. This means we can move during slower times which makes some of those logistics easier. My kids are able to take several days off school when my husband returns or is about to leave in order to spend valuable family time with him. It also allows us to take a break when babies are born and to take vacation or travel to see family when travel is less expensive and less crowded.

A side benefit that is related to flexibility is consistency. My kids’ schooling doesn’t change when we move. We carry everything with us and pick right back up where we left off (or maybe we school during the move). We don’t have to worry about kids in the new school being in a different spot or on a different topic and we don’t have to worry about kids missing too much during the move itself.

Family Culture

I want my kids to be closer to their siblings than most other people. My husband and I want to be the primary adult influence in their lives. I want to teach them our values and beliefs interwoven into all of our lessons. This doesn’t mean we don’t ever teach them a different perspective or expose them to people with different beliefs, we do, but it is in an intentional and carefully planned way based on each child’s personality and maturity. I want to protect the culture in my home from being overly influenced by other children, families with very different values, media, and any other influence that would love to influence my children if I am not being intentional.

Individualized Education

Kids are different. They are all so different. Within my family, every single one of my children learn in a different way, at a different rate, and are motivated by and interested in different things. A school can’t cater to every single child-it just isn’t possible. At home we can follow interests, we can slow down or speed up as needed, and we can tailor education for each child to match their personalities and learning styles.

Innocence

Yep, I shelter my children and view this as a benefit of homeschooling. As I said above that doesn’t mean I don’t expose them to and discuss other ideas, beliefs, and ways of life. It means I do it when they are ready rather than on an arbitrary schedule or when their peers tell them things beyond their ability to comprehend. I believe the home should be a shelter, a safe place, where innocence is not destroyed and difficult subjects are broached carefully in a way tailored to each child.

 

 

2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair Week 1: Why we homeschool; How our homeschool came to be and why we continue!

 

I came to homeschooling in one way but my reasons have evolved into a multifaceted approach. There are as many reasons to homeschool as there are homeschool families and those reasons change as the seasons of life change. I have always said we will homeschool for as long as it is the best option for our family. So far, it has always been the best option and I don’t foresee that changing.

 

Click here to see a list of all of my posts in the 2018 Virtual Homeschool Conference. 

 

Now, let’s see what my fellow homeschool bloggers have to say about The Reasons We Homeschool.

5 Reasons to Homeschool High School by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

Weird Homeschoolers by Kim R. @ Good Sweet Love

How We Make Homeschooling a Lifestyle by Jeniffer @ Thou Shall Not Whine

Our Ever Evolving Homeschool Story by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool

5 Reasons You Will Want to Homeschool by Michele@ Family, Faith and Fridays

How Our Homeschool Came To Be (and why we continue) by Sabrina @ Kids, Crunch, and Christ

Home Education – 10 Reasons we keep going…even when it’s hard by Lizzy @ Peaches@Home

So… Tell Me Again Why You Homeschool? by Leah @ As We Walk Along the Road

Virtual Homeschool Fair 2018 – Week 1 – Why do I Homeschool  by Joelle@Homeschooling For His Glory

Homeschool Reasons: Bullies, Faith and More by Annette @ A Net In Time

In Pursuit of Purpose by Laura @ Four Little Penguins

A Long Time Ago . . . Why We Decided To Homeschool by Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break

The Why Behind Hopkins Homeschool by Amanda @ Hopkins Homeschool

5 Reasons We Love Homeschooling by Brittney @ Mom’s Heart

Why We Homeschool – It’s What We Do by Kristen H @ Sunrise to Sunset

Why we Home Educate and Extra Benefits by Sarah@Delivering Grace

Homeschooling: The Big WHY? by Lisa @ True North Homeschool Academy at Golden Grasses

Regaining Your Homeschool Focus by Jen @ A Helping Hand Homeschool

Why do we homeschool? by Dana @ Life Led Homeschool

Our ìHomeschoolî Why by Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning

It’s Worth it! Why We Homeschool, Even After All These Years by Hillary @ Walking Fruitfully

Because Life is Precious by Lori H @ At Home: where life happens

1998 vs. 2018: Why We Homeschool by Debra @ Footprints in the Butter

 

 

 

 

2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair

I’m super excited to be participating in the Virtual Homeschool Fair hosted by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds. I wanted to give you a quick heads up about the fair and let you know what to expect.

*Note: I originally had graphics that said there were 17 bloggers in the fair. There are actually quite a few more! I changed my graphics but your browser may still show the old graphics if you have not recently cleared your cache.

 

2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair introduction

 

The fair starts Monday and will run through the rest of January. Each week will have a specific theme and we have a large group of amazing homeschool bloggers who will post their own unique perspective on that theme.

 

New and seasoned homeschoolers alike are sure to find ideas, inspiration, encouragement, and hopefully a little fun at this fair, and all from the comfort of your own home.

 

2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair introduction

 

Simply visit any of the fair blogs each week and you will be able to read that post and navigate to all of the other fair posts for that theme. We will all have ALL of the posts for that week of the fair linked in our post to make it easy for you to read them all! Grab a cup of coffee and join us Monday morning (or whenever it fits into your schedule!

 

2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair Schedule:

as the fair progresses these will each link to my own personal post for that week where you can also find the links to every other fair blog for that theme. 

Week 1 (Jan. 8th): The Reasons We Homeschool

How Our Homeschool Came To Be (and why we continue)

Week 2 (Jan. 15th): Our Method of Homeschooling

Overhauling Our Homeschool – Adjusting our “How” to fit our “Why”

Week 3 (Jan. 22nd): Our Homeschool Curriculum

How do we cover it all?

Week 4 (Jan. 29th): Enriching Our Learning

What do we do for enrichment?

 

2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair introduction

 

Visit the bloggers participating in the Virtual Homeschool Fair:

Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

Laura @ Four Little Penguins

Dana @ Life Led Homeschool

Jenn K. @ A Peace of Mind

Kristen H. @ Sunrise to Sunset

Kim @ Good Sweet Love

Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool

Jen Duncan @ A Helping Hand Homeschool

Lori @ At Home: where life happens

Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning

Amanda H @ Hopkins Homeschool

Annette @ A Net In Time

Lizzy @ Peaches@Home

Sabrina @ Kids, Crunch, and Christ

Michele Pleasants @ Family, Faith and Fridays

Brittney @ Mom’s Heart

Sarah @ Delivering Grace

 

Will you be joining us for the fair? Let me know in the comments! Want to make sure you don’t miss any of the fair? Sign up for my newsletter and you will get an email when new posts go live!