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One of my biggest passions is homeschooling. I love homeschooling my own kids, and I love helping others get started. I am that person that adores organizing. I could plan and organize all day. In fact, I would quite happily plan and organize for you as well. I am going to talk some here about what we do, why we do it, and how. I hope this is helpful for someone. I expect to tweak this many times before I get it right.
What we do:
We are classically educating from grades 1 up and Montessori-based for preschool. What this means is that we loosely follow the Well-Trained Mind in scope and sequence for grades 1-12 and we follow the Montessori philosophies for preschool.
Why we homeschool-I started homeschooling for a variety of reasons--my son was several grade levels ahead, and would have not handled public school well, private school was getting expensive, and I wanted to give him a quality education. I continue to homeschool for many other reasons I didn't see before I started--I love being with my children, I love watching their relationships with each other develop, their socialization is important to me, I love that they get to spend so much time learning and playing with so many friends, I love that they have so much free time, field trips, activities, I love that they LOVE to learn!, and most of all, it is just plain fun. I'm not saying that I don't have stressful days. I'm not saying that everyday is perfect and I always have my act together. I am saying that this lifestyle of learning that we are cultivating is true joy. Life is too short. I want us all to take advantage of every minute.
Why we classically educate-The Well-Trained Mind just makes so much sense.
Why we love Montessori-
How we do it:
With multiple kids schooling, and some pretty significant age gaps, my goal is to get the kids as independent as possible. I am going to list some curriculum we use, as well as how our days flow most of the time. In short, my philosophy is independence. Kids are capable of so much more than we expect of them. I expect my kids to be able to follow their workplan, find their own copies and books, and complete their assignments without me sitting next to them. There are subjects we do together or I sit with each child separately, but the majority of their work, they do on their own once they are fluently reading.
Before they are reading with fluency, I expect them to complete their Montessori work independently. They are to get a mat out, choose a lesson, complete the lesson, return the lesson, and put the mat back by themselves. I do sit with them when I can and also sit with them to introduce a lesson, but I teach them how to complete lessons on their own. This is a process.
Our typical day-
Curriculum I use and why-
If you are just getting started: