Welcome to our home schoolroom!
We hit the road a lot for classes and lessons, social gatherings, and field trips. Those activities are great, but our home is our favorite place to be and at the heart of our children’s education. We took over the dining room as our “schoolroom” and filled it with tables and desks, bookshelves, the requisite globe and maps, a big comfy reading chair, and a cat cube and dog bed. (Hey, class pets are a perk of homeschooling!) We spread out over the house a lot, too: art, crafts, and science experiments on the kitchen island, watching documentaries in the living room, nature journaling on the deck. We try to have enriching, educational items scattered throughout the house because learning happens even when I didn’t have it written on my list.
It’s hard to label our homeschooling style, except to call it eclectic. I borrow from lots of philosophies, using some classical elements, lots of Charlotte Mason, and including interest-led, literature-based, unit studies, lapbooking and notebooking. I’m willing to use different techniques that accomplish the goal while keeping the joy in learning. I love reading great books with my kids. I love bringing every “school” subject like history, science, and math into real life. I want them to love to learn and learn their whole life, not just while we “homeschool.”
I never thought I would homeschool. I used to talk about homeschooling, but not in a positive way. “You’d teach all day and plan all night to be ready for the next day!” I would remark. Yet here I am, and some days it does feel like that. Of course I do take breaks to clean my house. Just kidding…sort of. The plan had been to send the kids to school, then I would have the day to drink coffee, walk the dog, run errands, get my teeth cleaned, and go on breakfast dates with my husband. Now I still drink coffee, but have to avoid making coffee rings on school papers scattered over the table. The kids are zooming around on bikes beside me and the dog. We get a table for four when we go out for breakfast…and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Our family relationships have deepened with this new lifestyle. It suits both of our children perfectly, but for completely different reasons. Once in a while I feel overwhelmed and sometimes even burst into tears (tell me I’m not the only one who does that!), but at least once a day I realize how lucky we are and wish I’d taken this crazy leap sooner.
I hope you enjoy visiting our home schoolroom, and stay to look around a little. I share resources we’ve used that worked (or didn’t), unit studies I find or piece together myself, and activities to reinforce learning, celebrate special days or just put a little fun into an ordinary day. May you find encouragement, useful ideas, or at least entertainment for your adventure with your kids. Have fun!
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