“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Homeschool Plan of Attack!
I have found in homeschooling that sometimes it is necessary to adjust how we do things. With my daughter Petunia, this is even more necessary. She becomes bored very easily and when boredom sets in learning stops. After 2 years of following pretty much the same path and way of teaching, I find it necessary to change things up a bit. For one reason is to meet her educational maturity level. She is ready for a little more meat and challenge in her schooling. For the second reason is that she is getting bored and frustrated with a few of her core subjects. I have said before that we follow an eclectic path to homeschooling. We will continue with this but will be moving a little closer to the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling. This method does offer more meat and substance. I am not a CM expert, but the gyst of this method is learning from "living books". Next year will involve lots of reading for us, hands on nature studies, field trips, and writing. With the inclusion of Shakespeare and Plutarch, there with be much more challenge. I will let you know how this goes next year and will post the new schedule for next year soon. For the little one, we will continue with ABC's, counting, colors, shapes, and all that basic stuff. She really is not formally schooled, just simple games here and there as her attention allows. Then of course, they both learn simply by participating in farm activities. I love homeschooling my children, it is a journey that will be remembered and cherished for a lifetime. For more information about Charlotte Mason and a good schedule and examples visit Ambleside Online