I hesitate to put a label on our learning, as we are not 100% strictly any specific type of homeschooler.
A favorite blog that I used to read (sadly, no longer online) was written by a woman named Lucie. She described her family's particular mix of homeschooling as a "smoothie."
The main fruits, or influences, in our homeschool smoothie are:
- Waldorf, mainly in our daily and weekly rhythms and observing festivals
- Charlotte Mason, especially her thoughts on nature study and "twaddle-free" books
- some Montessori elements
- seasons of life where we are very relaxed homeschoolers
We go with the flow, although our days and weeks tend to have the same basic rhythm. We like to be outside. We also like to curl up on the couch with stacks of good books. We visit the library often. We try new things. We get messy. We take our time. We go on lots of field trips. We have a lot of fun! We learn together.
This is what works for us.
Much prayer and thought goes into our homeschool planning. I pick and choose what works the best for our family at any given point in time.
I don't believe that pushing early academics is good for kids, but I have discovered that having planned activities for my preschoolers and toddlers helps the day go smoother for all of us, so I do take care to balance the days with some structure as well as plenty of free play time.
This, along with our library card, should be able to take us pretty far in the 2011 - 2012 school year.
- Baby Love | Baby Love Pinterest board
- Toddler time | Lovely for Littles Pinterest board
- Kindergarten | Kindergarten Pinterest board
- First grade | First Grade Pinterest board
- Second grade | Second Grade Pinterest board
- Third grade | Third Grade Pinterest board
- Fourth grade | Fourth Grade Pinterest board
- Fifth grade | Fifth Grade Pinterest board
- Sixth grade | Sixth Grade Pinterest board
Just as a recipe I share here does not equal the only thing we eat all week, the projects and main lesson work I share on this blog are merely a portion of the actual work done. Please, do not assume that the slice of life I write about here is a complete representation of our homeschool experience in its entirety. Thank you.