I am not an unschooler, nor am I a classical homeschooler. I guess I am kind of an eclectic type of teacher. I use a variety of curriculum that fits each kid's learning style. I homeschooled Elliot through the fourth grade, when he decided that he didn't have to listen to me, so off to public school he went. Isabella and Anastasia go to a two day a week school. They focus on Science and History. I pretty much homeschool all year round, though we take breaks when we want.
We read a bunch. I usually check out twenty-five books from the library every other week. When Francesca and Victoria take a nap, I read chapter books to the other girls. This is kind of our special time. I don't insist they read for a certain time each day, but they love to read.
"To Kill A Mockingbird" is quite a favorite with the preschool group.
Here are some of my favorites:
I am thinking of using "Teaching Textbooks" next year for math instead of Horizons. It is a computer math program that is graded. Has anyone used it?
One of the best things about homeschooling is seeing all the creative ideas my kids come up with. They turned the recycling containers into a rolly polly habitat. Then we researched them on the computer. Did you know that they are the only crustacean that can spend its entire life on land?
We conducted an experiment to use what was the rollie pollies favorite diet. Lettuce won by a landslide.
Anastasia found an old bird nest and decided to make her own. She also got a chicken egg, blew out the inside and dyed it.
Everyone has learned tons of medical terms thanks to Francesca and Victoria. The girls like to bandage up their dolls' heads and give them cranial vaults.
They learn so much from each other. Catherine is teaching Francesca that worms are not something to scream about.
They really look out for each other.
I try not to be immediately available to help them with every little thing. I like them to try to figure things out on their own.
Francesca is dividing the dog food into thirds. What a math genius!
Besides the 3 R's, I hope that I am teaching them to be kind and caring and not to just think of themselves.
I would also love to hear ideas from other homeschoolers, especially about how to homeschool older kids with little ones.