Every year our home schooling looks different. That’s the beautiful thing…depending on the stages, seasons, needs and demands we can tailor our learning to fit those.
This year our oldest is taking an in-depth World History “co-op” class, taught by a friend/church member. She will be covering a lot of material and reading some heavy literature, but we are all looking forward to the challenge.
In addition to that, my husband and I talked about what the rest of her education should look like. Since we are such “relaxed learners“, it’s always a struggle to find the balance between academic expectations and our educational goals.
And with the assumption that the government will be increasingly more “involved” with homeschooling requirements, we have become a little more concerned with making sure we can jump through their hoops if required. I believe with a little forethought, relaxed learning can accommodate the possible need to be able to answer a test, and certainly we can wait until they are older to focus on that aspect.
I was so excited to find a few great websites that we will be using as her “tutors” this year. They are math.com, nationalarchives.gov.uk/latin/beginners/ for Latin, and dowlingcentral.com/MrsD/area/literature/Terms/alliteration.html for teaching literary terms and uses (actually this site is all things related to English, grammar and composition). We still take a literature-based approach to learning, but we’ll use these resources to help fill in those testable areas.
Not only do these seem to be simple yet thorough instructional sites, she will be totally “self-guided” through her work this year, freeing me up to concentrate with the little ones more. She’s looking forward to the variety as well.
Just wanted to share those few gems with you. By the way, if you don’t already know, there is enough information and resources on line that you could get away with never buying anything. There are flash cards, writing paper, alphabet charts–I just printed off a US map that we’ll tape together and hang up–just about anything you can imagine is available for free!
(For more about relaxed learning, check out Think Outside the Classroom.)