My motto this year is THINK SIMPLE. If it’s not simple, it won’t work with our family. So I’m going to try try try to KEEP IT SIMPLE, STUPID! LOL!
I’ve already determined that prefab curriculum just does not excite my kids (even the really fabulous ones that exist out there!) They are BOOOOOOOORED when I stick with any sort of a program like that. So we’re going to “wing it with style” this year and create our own as we go! Let’s see how it goes.
My goal is to involve my kids in the planning as much as possible…so far they are not excited by this idea (of them having to help plan…they are suspicious of Mom giving them more work….) but I REALLY want them to have experience with this sort of thing…not just because I firmly believe kids who have a hand in their education are much more invested in it and get much more out of it….but because planning skills are excellent things to have! I already know my 13.5yr old is prone to some sort of organization because she is forever plotting out things in Minecraft, tracking things in Spore, and cataloging breeding patterns in her iPod games. She should take to this naturally, once I can convince her that it will be fun! THAT’s the trick! Can I make it fun?
No, I don’t believe everything needs to be fun….but I DO believe most of their learning experiences should be enjoyable. Most. The vast majority of them. So we’ll see if I can swing it. I’ve been trying to do this for 8yrs already….so far I’ve not stumbled upon the perfect combination of activities and materials….but I’m NOT GIVING UP!! I am DETERMINED to find it or die trying!!!!!
Because, as I keep reminding myself….the biggest reason that I decided to homeschool my kids is for them to ENJOY learning. I have lost sight of that in all the pretty curricula and programs that I keep seeing and thinking they SHOULD love this! (And they don’t)…so I’m going back to basics….time to follow their lead, but with some guidance built in from me. A perfect blend of the things we all love….I’ll find it, I tell ya!!!
By the way, I’m drawing inspiration from Julie at Homeschooling-Ideas.com. Go check her out! She has a ton of great stuff over there! The website is a bit overwhelming at first, but stick with it and you’ll see…there’s so much great content in there!