Monday, November 22, 2010
Homeschool Thoughts and Re-Direction
We're almost half way through our second year of homeschooling. Last year we were independent (as in, not through a charter or private school) and this year, like I've mentioned, we are homeschooling through a private Christian school. I decided to do this, mostly, so Judah could go to the school and participate in some of their electives.
We had our first trimester teacher-parent conference with the teacher over the homeschool program and I left feeling very discouraged and inadequate. Don't worry, it wasn't because of the teacher. She was so sweet, telling me I'm doing fine and giving me pointers and showing me curriculum, but I couldn't help feeling like I wasn't doing enough. I felt like the things I was teaching Judah were the bare minimum. I would look at his teacher at school and feel like, "there is no way I can do all of that."
I recently ordered a book, after seeing it on a blog (and maybe a friend told me about it, but I can't remember if it's the same book) called Educating the Wholehearted Child.
I know that homeschooling isn't for every person and every family, but I do know that it's what God has called us to in this season. After starting this book (and finishing most of it in just a few days) I feel encouraged to continue on in raising my wholehearted children.
I love how the book talks about how homeschooling parents keep their kids out of school, then try to emulate school. That's exactly what I was doing. I was trying to doing "regular school" at home and it just wasn't working. My goal for schooling at home is to not only teach my kids reading, writing, and arithmetic, but to help them to grow in their love for God, have strong character, and to spend lots of quality time with them.
I love the ideas of Charlotte Mason which are to use real books (as opposed to textbooks) and lots of art, classical music, and classic literature. Instead of reading a text book about history we can read The Diary of Anne Frank. I plan to do waaaay less workbook work and more hands on craft projects, drawing, talking, memorization and reading.
I know a lot of you, my friends, use a Charlotte Mason-type homeschool program. Any tips? Any encouragement for me?
I'm thankful for the growth and change.