I have a confession. I often shrink and melt into the wallpaper when someone mentions the various methods of homeschooling.
When we began our homeschooling journey, we did not begin with any knowledge of the different methods or many curriculum types or any of that. We started homeschooling with one thing in site….our children’s hearts.
Their hearts are so precious to us…I’m sure your children’s hearts are precious to you…as are the hearts of children whose parents choose to educate them in other ways….Each family is different, each child is different…and in some ways, I’m glad I started with a naive sense of the multiple methods available.
I have read and written about Leadership Education, Classical, Charlotte Mason, Principle, etc. And I admit there are things about all of them that I like and fit our home. They fit because…in my home (and probably thousands of others)….all of my children learn differently…and they learn each subject different than other children and other subjects.
If I sit and consider the many things my children need to learn….and the many ways they can learn them…my head begins to explode.
I begin to hyperventilate
I then go into a mode of doing too much to compensate for my feelings of inadequacy.
So….by now, you’re probably wondering…how do we homeschool? What method do we use?
Honestly, we use what works on that day for our home.
We start with prayer.
We start with the Bible
Some days, we like to sing songs to learn states or countries, perhaps verses or mathematical equations.
Other days, we like to get a basketball and bounce it back and forth as we recite our multiplication tables.
And yet…some days, a worksheet fills the gaps for our learning….and others a beautiful piece of notebooking paper is just what the Principle ordered….for the day.
Our days change like the seasons of our lives.
I love the way some families so easily find a method and it melds into their homes….. I love to sit and listen to the wisdom I glean from those amazing Moms.
I also love the Moms who come to a point where they realize changes need to be made and they reach out, grab the reigns and redirect their homeschool in a new direction – new territories to be discovered….new ways to learn…..new methods to implement.
In the end…we have chosen a way to homeschool that fits our home. I won’t give it a ‘title’ or a name. But, I will share how we identified it….
Every child is different. Every home is different. While I love sharing what we do in our home..things that work and things that do not, the one thing I do believe is everyone, every parent should seek God – his will for your child(ren). He should be the focus of all that you learn. Gaining knowledge without His wisdom is fleeting.
We have an awesome opportunity (and responsibility) to grow our children for eternity. Everything they eat, read, breath, etc….will be gathered into their hearts for eternity. While that thought can be overpowering at times, it helps me stay focused on what truly is important….