Where oh where has this last year gone? It feels like it was just yesterday that I was sitting here pregnant and waiting for the day that I would meet Baby Girl. Now I am planning a first birthday party! Not only am I planning that special party, but I am planning for the new year of goals and school.
I love to use the new year as a time to step back, look at what is or is not working for my schooling with the kids, and fix what needs to be fixed. This seems to be fitting since it is right around the middle of the “school year”. I say it like that because we don’t really ever stop learning, so is there really a middle of that?
This past year has shown me many different things about our school. I can homeschool with a newborn for starters! I was scared and nervous about that, but I did it! Another thing, we need multiple learning styles, one for each child actually. This seems natural since they are all different people, therefore they should learn differently. Isn’t that why we decided to homeschool in the first place?
earning noticing that each child needs me to teach them differently, I have found myself learning more about the different styles of learning and creating new lesson plans as we go. I am thankful that I only wrote my goals for the school year down, and not a full year of lesson plans! This has saved me a lot of stress, and paper, after finding out the truth about our homeschooling.
So, what are the styles in this house? Well, Moe Man is the traditional learner. He loves, and thrives on the structure of the traditional classroom. He likes to follow the lesson plan and he likes to sit at a desk with the posters/maps hanging up. He does better when in our school room versus sitting in the living room or even at the dining room table.
Ray Ray, he thrives with the Unschooling. This is the hardest for me, because I want some structure, and want some control. But I have learned to slowly step back and let him show me what he wants to learn and when. This has been proven when he taught himself how to read, and in his ability to do math that I haven’t yet “taught” him. We are working together to learn between this and Charlotte Mason style.
Little Miss loves her books. She is still in Pre-school, but loves the books…and worksheets. I see her working in the traditional school setting AND the Charlotte Mason style. While loving the worksheets, it has to be in short segments, and books come first for her. Since she is still young, I have no formal style of education planned for her, I just listen to her and include her in both of the boys studies.
During my holiday break I plan to learn more about the homeschool styles of the kids. I love the resource list available at Eclectic-Homeschool for all the different styles. There is even a quiz you can take to find your top 3 styles.
What kind of homeschooling do you do in your house?