Monday, February 08, 2010

How We Do Homeschool

I’ve had several people ask questions about what we do in our homeschool, how I do my planning and other things about the curricula we use. Because of that I wanted to take some time to write a series of posts all about our homeschool. It will probably be way more than most of you would like to know.

The idea of putting together a Classical curriculum was very overwhelming to me in the beginning. It was only through much reading, contemplating, and stressing myself out that we ended up where we are today. But I can see now that I made the process much harder than it needed to be.

I don’t want anyone to think that I have it all together and know exactly what I’m doing all the time. That’s so far from the truth that it isn’t funny. I spent a lot of time poring over books, looking at lists, asking questions of other homeschool moms, scouring the internet, and making my own lists to arrive at this point. I can tell you where we are now, and how we got to this point. I only hope I can help someone else along the way.

I mentioned before that we use the Classical approach with our homeschool. We came to that decision early on, and everything since then has been focused on figuring out exactly what that would look like in our home. This summer I spent a lot of time thinking about how to put together our curriculum to work around two main things: the recommendations given in The Well Trained Mind and the Foundations program for Classical Conversations. After some struggles during the first part of this year, I decided to add part of the Ambleside Online reading schedule. Most everything we do now comes from one of these sources.

Our list will look similar to what I posted at the beginning of the school year, but I definitely have a better grasp of how it all works out now, and we are in a pretty good routine. . I’ll also be including some general pricing information where I can because I know it’s an issue for us, and others have asked questions about that part.

Other posts in this series:
Our Schedule
Spelling and Handwriting

English Grammar
Science and Art
Classical Conversations
A Few Random Thoughts

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