OK!! Last post of run downs on our home school plans!! Back to creative, everyday posting once this one’s done!! lol
There are a variety of learning and teaching styles. Here’s a few links and resources with information on these styles…
- Charlotte Mason
- Classical Education
- Waldorf Method
- Computer Learning
- The Moore Formula
- Textbook Learning
- Unit Studies
I’m writing this to share what WE are doing, because people have asked, and are interested. Our state laws do not require specific teaching or classroom content, HOWEVER, they do require testing in benchmark years. In Oregon, these years are grades 3, 5, 8, and 10. Because of this, I feel that I need to be sure that some of Josh’s instruction is such that he has the skills and knowledge needed to be successful. (to “pass” the test, he will have to have a score above the 15th percentile)
For our family, I think that a Child Led/Eclectic approach will suit us best. I think that when testing time comes, this approach will allow Josh to be successful.
Funny, because Josh has no real concept of the possibilities of what homeschool can be, and so when I ask him about what he would like to do this year, he usually talks about the order of our classes, and when we’ll have recess. I’m still working out whether or not I should talk to him more about what I envision for us…
I don’t have any curriculum workbooks this year, but Josh seems to WANT to have some workbook work. So I’ve bought a Brain Quest Workbook for both boys. (because I think Macs will want one when he sees Josh with one… lol)
Other things we’ll be doing, is take trips to our local museum and learn about our local history. We’ll visit Zoo’s, and a science museum. We’ll go to the local estuary, and Josh has asked to learn to cook. So we’ll be making dinner together a few times!! When possible, I’ll try to point out math, and other “academic” that we could learn from his interests. (ie: fractions in cooking. We might learn why eggs and milk can be whipped for science.) We also have plans to watch movies this year. We’ll be watching old movies, and then watching the “new” versions of them. Our first movies on the list: The Absent Minded Professor vs. Flubber. We’ll be talking about the differences between the two, and how technology impacted both of them.
I find child led learning inspiring. There is a lot of information out there about it. It’s also referred to as Unschooling. I think the term unschool often leads to the idea that children are left to their own devices and not given any instruction whatsoever. So I prefer to use the term Child Led. Because in most cases, when a parent is referring to unschooling their children, what they really mean, is that they are allowing their child’s interests, and not a predetermined idea of what should be learned in any given school year, be the thing that leads their school year. As with any form of schooling, there are a lot of extremes when it comes to each style, and there is a lot of information from any of those sides. Because of the faith that Unschooling takes, it’s been my experience that MOST unschooling groups on line are pretty radical in their thinking. Because of the choices they make, they can be very protective of the EXACT wording and defining of their lifestyle choice. I’ve always UNDERSTOOD the concept of unschool, but it wasn’t until I read Tara’s posts on her blog, The Organic Sister, that the idea of unschool AS IT APPLIES TO MY FAMILY really clicked. Tara shares in a way that accepts the WIDE range and degrees of unschooling. I like that about her. I encourage you to visit Tara at her blog and read through her journey through homeschooling her son. She is a kindred spirit to my hippy heart… I love that she has truly trusted in the process of child led learning, and that as a reader, you can see that inspite of outside (and occasionally internal) doubt, she allowed that process. It’s easy to see, reading her blog, that the process works. I admire her commitment to working WITH her son to create the learning experience that he wants.
And so begins our adventure… I’m sure I’ll be sharing here and there what we are up to…