We have been homeschooling for 3 years now!! I really can't believe how crazy that really is! I have learned A LOT in these last three years! I think I may have learned more than the kids, does that sound about right? So what is it that I have learned? Do you have time to read a book? No, ok, let me just tell you a little bit of what I learned!
1. Boxed Curriculum
The first thing that did not work with us was a boxed curriculum. Yes, it works for some, but not us. We like the variety. We liked picking what worked for each subject. One in a higher grade or one in a lower grade. One company would have a better math curriculum, while another had a better literature package. We like to think outside of the box and that includes our curriculum.
2. A School Classroom at Home
We are homeschooling, not public schooling at home. This means that we cannot have a public school classroom at home. As much as I loved grabbing things and thinking how fun it would be, I had to stop when I realized that my kids didn't want that. We are at home, not school. We learn different and that is why we decided to homeschool, not to have to sit in a classroom but to learn how we need to. We learn all over the house. Yes we have a room where everything is kept, but we are always moving around. Now that it is nice, the picnic table is awesome!!
3. A Full Day of School
Yes, Moe Man has more work than Little Miss, but he is even done before the typical school day is done. We start later, the kids have short lessons, and we move on with the day. We spend time learning outside of our lessons (hello, folding clothes and cooking supper for home ec credit!). I never understood 8 hours of school plus homework. Even when I was in school, I didn't think that much was needed. I mean, when I pulled Moe Man from public school they were doing 2 or more hours of just reading lessons. My kids have learned more with quick, short lessons and the real life experiences they are able to experience than any 8-hour school day could give them.
4. A Strict Schedule
Yes, we have a schedule. Monday through Friday we wake up by 8:30, we start school by 9:30 or 10 and lunch is at noon. But you know what? I let my kids decide the order they want to do their lessons. Oh, it is a tough day and you want to save your worst subject until the end? That is cool with me. You feel smart today and want to do math first and get it over with? Yep, mom is fine with that. Giving my children the decision of when to do the subjects has taken the stress out of our homeschool and we can enjoy it, even with math and science!!
5. Thinking All Your Kids Will Learn the Same
Ha! This is a joke!! So far I have worked with 3 out of the 4 kids and you want to know what? They are all learning differently! While we don't have a "classroom", Moe Man likes to retreat to the office and use it as a classroom on tough days. He is the only child, so far, who craves the classroom setting when lessons get tough. Ray Ray, well…I don't know what to say. He needs to learn at his pace, but if I can read it he will learn it. I love Charlotte Mason learning for him. 15 minute lessons and living stories? Yes please! Little Miss is loving the stories, but wants worksheets. I can only imagine what Baby Girl will bring when she is old enough…
Each homeschool is different, and each child in that homeschool is different. That is the awesome part of homeschooling. You are able to customize the learning for each child. These are just the top 5 things that don't work in our homeschool house, there are so many more, but like I said, that is a whole book for another time!
What are some things that you have learned don't work for your homeschool house?