Finalizing Homeschooling Plans. (Lots of links!)

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  1. I’ve been up late at night trying to figure this out too!
    I think I’m drawn to unschooling with CM and Montessori thrown in with a teeny bit of Waldorf. I’ve been wanting to write out a curriculum but with everything else going on in life I’m so overwhelmed! Plus – if I’m writing a curriculum but want to me unschooling primarily … well, that doesn’t really go. But I want a plan!
    So I think we’re going to do 100Easy Lessons to Teach your Child to Read, Handwriting without Tears, and Math-U-See. We’re also going to get the Nature Study Book – and yes, I love the blog you linked to!
    Other than that we’ll go based on interest and whatever our life needs are. I’m sure there will be a lot of garden/marketing/economics/chicken/pig/bee/etc talk this year at our house!
    For now we’re on a knight kick and there’s a lot of questions about tornadoes and volcanoes – but not so much age appropriate material that I can find…
    Anyway – thanks for the links! I have a blog entry like this in my Mommy Do It! list-of-entries-to-write ;)

  2. Oh – one more thought!
    I’m concerned about how much God will come up in CM materials. So that makes me hesitate jumping in with both feet with that model.

    • azuroo says:

      I think it won’t be too hard to avoid the overly religious things in the CM curriculum. We are Christian, so I don’t mind if some God sneaks in, but I don’t really like the overly religious tones in some of the CM stuff either. We aren’t doing the Bible readings, and I’m also not doing that parables book listed in the curriculum. The rest of the books are mainstream-ish, like the fairy tales and living history. Actually, I think I saw a secular Charlotte Mason site once. I should try to find it again…

  3. Aimee says:

    That’s interesting, because I do hear a great deal about Oak Meadow. I am thinking that maybe it’s a good idea for people who are overwhelmed with the idea of creating an entire curriculum themselves but still want to homeschool. Maybe it’s a good jumping off point?

    • azuroo says:

      I haven’t looked at the elementary Oak Meadow curriculum, just the middle and high school, but I think maybe Oak Meadow is for people who want to do school at home. Meaning they want it to be just like regular school, only at the kitchen table instead of in a school building. That’s what the curriculum seems like to me. When I first decided to homeschool I didn’t realize there were so many different methods. I’m loving all of the options and choices we have!

      • beth says:

        i was overwhelmed with all the choices at first, but then i slowed down. I’ve always said to paraphrase Utah Phillips- take from the river what we need and let the water pass us by. THe same applies to homeschool! We have taken little tidbits from CM, Montesourri unschooling techs. etc Learning from other parents has been the biggest help of al though.Blogs like yours, my local hS coop etc. THanks for maintaining your blog and sharing your experiences and wisdom. i just never seem to find the time to maintain a blog as i’d like to, and think i should. all my ideas do no one any good sealed away inside a journal! Anyhow. so far i’m finding that educating my children from home is (and should be) an ever evolving and changing thing, much like the young mind. Investing lots of money in some set curriculum(i.e. oak meadow) seems unfair to the child and your wallet. we’ve bought work books and some cirruculum books ahve been passed down to us, but we take what we can use from anywhere we find useful. I like the idea of doing plays/ puttet shows with the kids, and this site http://www.teacherhelp.org/puppets.htm#scripts has some classic stories in simplified language for kids to have fun with. My inlaws made a simple puppet theater from pvc pipes a couple years ago, (perhaps the same one on this site?)and its mostly used as a fort, but i’d like to get it going for it’s intended purpose!

  4. Ginger says:

    HHmm…I’ve used Oak Meadow and I am certainly anything but school at home. As with any curriculum it’s simply how you work it. I found that, at the elementary levels, at least there were many many opportunities for hands on learning that were fun.

    As for creating being over-whelmed. Well yeah. I think it’s why we spend hours looking at resources period. The fact that was it laid did help this mom of four who worked part time.

    • azuroo says:

      I’ve never looked at the elementary school curriculum for it. It was just the middle and high school one I didn’t like. :(

  5. Kelly says:

    This is completely random, but since I’m of course studying, I felt like randomly rereading this. One of our lecturers the other day, who is apparently famous for this lecture he does about this one guy (can you tell how much I retained) Well anyways he thinks the most important thing we can teach our children at a young age is greek and latin, since so many important works are written in these languages. William Harvey! had to look at my notes, but his nursery school only let them speak in greek and latin the entire time they were at school. He was able to read all of the scientific literature in unbiased terms and come up with what it really said, not the bias that had been placed on the works by the English translations. I think teaching Rosie latin would probably be one of the most valuable things you could do. So much of what I have to waste time learning are things that would be extremely easy if I knew all of the Latin roots of the words. Most of our science is based on latin and greek. (I’m hoping we can teach it to Alice, but we shall see what happens with our careers before she gets to the same age as Rosie)

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