Our Homeschooling Journey

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We believe homeschooling is part of our Good Life.  This is our fifth year homeschooling our 3 kids.  My oldest is in 7th-ish grade and we started homeschooling him in 3rd grade (besides a half of a year of kindergarten), my middle child is in 4th-ish grade and our youngest is preK.

We have been through quite a lot of curriculum and quite a few styles of homeschooling.  We took a bit from here and a bit from there and have come up with a way that is working for us really well, for now.  We like to have as much leisure time to play outside, explore, learn an instrument, read, play a game etc.  So, we have constructed our days to flow in a certain way that will enable us to get what needs to be done done, so that we can do what we want to do without the ‘have to’s’ looming over our heads.  We have arranged our days into blocks of 4 hours.  The first four hours are for school and paid to work jobs and those projects that must be done around the house.  For the kids and I, we do school from 8:30 to 12:30.  This is usually when Isaac works as a home inspector, for 3 or 4 days a week.  The kids and I don’t do school on Friday’s, that is our cleaning morning.  We clean hard for that time.  If one of the kids doesn’t get his work done in time, he may have to do Friday work.  We almost always have something fun to do on a Friday afternoon.  During the week, we have some things we like to do in the afternoons.  Monday’s we usually stay at home.  Tuesday’s the kids have PE in town plus we go to the library.  Wed we usually stay at home, Thursday is art and PE in town.  Also, my errands are done on this time.

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I will outline our curriculum in another post.  We have an eclectic way about our homeschooling, taking from Classical Education, Charlotte Mason and lots of life learning, with no curriculum at all (the best way to learn.)  I’ve attached a slideshow of us learning, in the house, at the zoo, in the garden, on the beach or on a mountain top.  Enjoy!

About carishumaker

We are trying to live The Good Life with our 3 kids out in the woods. We strive to be as self reliant as possible, with a great amount of leisure time to Live The Good Life as best as we can. We work hard so we can play hard and want to teach our kids to love life and love people and love learning. This is our journey.
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