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Homeschooling Step one: RELAX!

IMG_3011.JPGI am a member of a TON of Homeschooling groups on Facebook. A TON. Seriously. I like feeling like I have my finger on the pulse of the homeschooling community.

The common thread, which I literally read in post after post EVERY.SINGLE.DAY (no joke), is the STRESS that we are all feeling.

The stress of getting started and not really knowing what to do…

The stress of getting kids to cooperate and get work done without a fight…

The stress of finding the “right” curriculum for a child or for a family…

The stress of finding time to fit it all in…

The stress of having “gaps” in our children’s education…

The stress of appropriate and frequent socialization…

And most of all the stress of not SCREWING UP OUR KIDS!!

Experience-based learning

My new “Experience-based Learning” system

Experience-based learning

We’ve made it through the first month of my new homeschool system, and things are still going well!! So I thought it was probably time for me to detail it more, since I’ve had so many people interested in learning more about it.

I go into a lot of the details of where this idea came from in the article linked above, so I won’t go too deeply into that in this post. But the biggest idea that you need to know from that article is that I created a system that is “Experience-based Learning” instead of “Subject-based Learning”.

It’s quite simple really:
IMG_2654.JPGInstead of basing my kids’ education on school subjects (social studies, math, science, language arts) … I base my kids’ learning on the EXPERIENCES I want them to have. To me, their experiences are far more important than the subjects they are studying.

Baking soda/vinegar volcano!

Just 2 days in and going well!

My new homeschool plan has worked well for the first 2 days…so far so good! I am hoping it will continue to go well. In just 2 days they are both already getting better at writing what they’re doing in their journals without a fuss. Pretty dang cool, I think! We’ll see if it continues. :)

Here’s some pics of what we’ve been up to these first 2 days:

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    Curriculum doesn't work for every homeschooler, HomeschoolRealm.com

    Curriculum doesn’t work for every homeschooler

    Curriculum doesn't work for every homeschooler, HomeschoolRealm.comAre you like me and you’ve tried a multitude of different homeschool curricula only to have them fail to work for you?

    If you are having a difficult time finding something that works for homeschooling your children, you may relate to this….

    I have a new plan for the new year. Yes, another one.

    We’ve still not had a super successful plan and I’m determined to change that. I’m not giving up! I WILL find a way that works for all of us, if it kills me!

    Near the end of last year I finally had to face that curriculum doesn’t appear to work for us. Even excellent curriculum like Pandia Press and Elemental Science create.

    I still highly recommend these curricula, for those that do well with curriculum…but my kids just didn’t get into them and I’m done trying and failing at packaged curriculum. (Except math. Math Mammoth, for some reason, seems to work for us.)

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    Why education gaps don’t concern me

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    Gaps in my children’s homeschool education don’t concern me.
    I hear homeschoolers express fear over the dreaded “gaps” in their child’s education all the time. It’s all over the internet, particularly rampant among newbie homeschoolers. But veteran homeschoolers are living in this fear as well.

    I truly believe it’s causing unnecessary stress, because frankly, there will ALWAYS be gaps, no matter what you do or what form of education you choose for your child. There is simply no way to NOT have gaps. Think about it, there is NO WAY to teach your kids everything! There just isn’t! Here’s an article that explains this more eloquently than I’m capable of: “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Gaps?” And another great article on this topic: “Bridging Your Gap! Facing Your Fear”