I suppose this is how we became Eclectic and Unschoolish in Homeschooling style. Originally, I began this adventure with the hope of having lots of structured learning. I really wanted a repeat of Public School at home in the early days. Over time, I came to realize that type of learning wasn’t going to work for us due to our needs at home.
I quickly began to research other means of learning and I simply stopped with the structure. We simply learn now – however that manages to happen. And you know what? They do learn and they absorb twice as much learning than they ever did in our structured learning days.
Our homeschooling days are relaxed. We do projects that can take weeks. We take our time working on them because we have no need to be rushed. Sometimes the kids don’t even realize they are learning. It’s afterwards that they come up to me and say “Mom, did you know we just learned this?” Oh that sneaky Momma! “Yes, I sure did!” I love those moments when it all sinks in the most.
In learning this way, we are able to stop what we are doing when a seizure happens. We can take a day off. We can rest as we need to. I can easily say that our doctor’s appointment can be scheduled at any time of day without interrupting our homeschooling because we make it fit to our day.
I like to think we have taken our learning to a new level. Sometimes it’s delight-directed in that I set up lessons to learn about things that the kids are currently interested in. Then their are days when we do lessons that correlate with our curriculum, such as learning about plants in spring and ice in winter. Or reading the next book in our language arts lessons. We have many different choices of things to do every year and it just works for us.
No matter what happens in our day and no matter what pops up for us, the important thing is we never give up on Homeschooling. We never give up on learning. We work through the bad times and the good as well. It’s really just a way of life and it’s become a large part of our life. Once you take out the ideals of something different, it becomes easier to make it through the process.
I believe adjusting your homeschooling to your needs may be the hardest part but it can be done. You can Homeschool through life, through the good and the bad stuff. It just takes a bit of maneuvering to make it happen.
If you are in search of a great program to bring life to your American History program, look no further than Diana Waring’s Experience History Through Music collection. These three amazing books are jam-packed with great songs, stories, and more to be used as an accessory product to any American History curriculum. Experience History Through Music is like taking a trip back in time.
Diana Waring is the author of the History Revealed world history curriculum. Her educational philosophy is that “the key to education is relationship”. Diana began homeschooling her children in the early 80’s and continued to do so all the way through high school. While searching for a great history curriculum, she was unable to find a program that suited her family, so she decided to create her own. Over time she shared this curriculum with others and that eventually led her to publish it so homeschoolers every where could use the programs.
America is my favorite of the series set. This book is filled with some of my favorites from American History and I could listen to it again and again. I sing a reworded version of Yankee Doodle to Jackson as his song, changing the lyrics to fit to my Jackson-Doodle. Erie Canal is another favorite that we have found is hard to locate to listen to so we were thrilled to see it included with this curriculum. She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain is a song I used to sing while waiting for the schoolbus every morning when I attended public school in the late 80’s- early 90’s. Listening to this CD brings back so many childhood memories!
Westward Ho! The Heart of the Old West
This book covers history from the earliest days of the Old West. It is formatted in the same form as America and filled with stories and pictures to learn from. Many of these songs were new to us but we greatly enjoyed them. Westward Ho! and Home On The Range were childhood favorites of mine which I loved sharing with the kids. We learned a lot about America’s past from this book!
Since this book in the series concentrates solely on the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, this book would make a great accessory to anyone reading her books and learning about this time period of life through history related to Laura. The book is filled with images and stories about Laura’s life. It was wonderful to see this beautifully designed book share so much about such an inspiring person!
Diana Waring’s Experience History Through Music series can be purchased for $18.99 per book in the set. If you purchase the set during July (at the time of this posting), you can bundle the set and purchase it for $50. This amazing series is worth every penny and can be used again and again in your home! I am sure your family will enjoy these books just as much as we have in our homes!
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