Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Do you school at home or homeschool

I want to preface this post by stating that I am not an unschooler. But there are some good things to be had from unschooling philosophies. Here are three truths that every homeschooler should remember.

1. Everyone does not have to finish the book. If you don't like it or the kids don't relate well to it or you don't finish it in time or you get way behind, you don't have to finish it. You don't have to do 10 lessons a day to finish before school lets out for the summer.

2. You don't have to do work ON grade level. If something is too hard, work below their actual grade. If something is too easy, advance them. You can be in 4th grade and do 6th grade math and 3rd grade spelling. Gear the work to them.

3. You do not have to do so much work per day. You can do one lesson of spelling on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while doing math every day. You can do math for two months and finish the book, while doing nothing else. You can do unit studies, self led studies, watch videos, go on field trips. Do not be a slave to the work. Enjoy the process and your children.

Or you can do all those things. The choice is yours, just remember that you do have a choice.


Marcy said...

That is the cool thing about homeschooling, you work at your children's pace and not the curriculum the school forces on them. I'm excited to homeschool our kids someday in the near future! :)

Kelly said...

A reminder is always welcome :o) I wish very much that I had not done so much reading on what my son is "supposed" to know for the grade he's in. Next year I will not even glance at the guidelines, and I'm sure our year will go smoother.

Michelle said...

I did that too in the beginning...then loosened up.