Obedience, sacrifice, confession, repentance these are deeply personal spiritual practices, best shared in a trusted community. Unfortunately these practices and postures of the heart can become yokes that people are pressured into bearing. But condemnation, fear of failure, inadequacy is not how the Spirit moves us into spiritual discipline.
Our homeschool curriculum is a complete course of study which may include ready made materials and resources (and usually does) but is not limited to those resources.
We have a curriculum, a course of study, it’s called life. And we live it, study it, take it apart and put it back together, every day.
Our methods are how we "live" our curriculum, how we make it happen. They include: reading, play, making stuff, media, conversations, projects, travel, field trips, lessons, and more. And the methods change for each age and stage of learners.
- Introducing Black Widow - Real life project-based learning is driven by a person's natural need or want to make or build something; they arise from an innate desire or interest to figure something out, express an idea, have an experience, or participate in community and culture.
- Letting them grow up into who they are meant to be - An apprenticeship with my dad is partly about learning practical skills but it is about building relationship.
- A goal-driven curriculum - We are here to help, to remove what roadblocks we can, and assist her in moving past and through others, but the work is hers.
- Project-Based Learning & Interview Assessments - Why quitting projects is not the end of the world and how I learned to interview my children through our experience managing a large-scale student-directed project.
- Interest-led learning (& living) career planning - We don't ask our kids what they want to be when they grow up, we ask them what are you inspired to do today?
- Transition to Scholar with Project-Based Learning ~ Hello High School - Our objective is that our young adult children will take responsibility for their education in their scholar years.
- Our Homeschool Methods - As a parent, teacher, mentor, and facilitator I motivate and inspire interest in our curriculum largely through the methods I choose.
- A Middle Years Curriculum (with Canadian studies focus) - The overarching course of study for our "middlers" is a continuation of late elementary with some in-depth study and projects.
- Late Elementary Learner-Centric, Family-Friendly Homeschool Curriculum - My homeschool planning starts with evaluating who my children are and asking for Divine wisdom to meet their needs and guide them to where they need to go.
- An Emerging High Schooler, Interest-led, Learner-Specific Homeschool Curriculum - An almost high school, emerging scholar curriculum.
- State of The Union ~ Homeschooling The Middle Years - The middle school years is the time when we introduce more formal learning lessons, slowly and as needed by the learner and our family.
- Our Elementary Homeschool Curriculum - You build a curriculum around your family values and educational goals.
- Finding Our Late Elementary & Transition Years Homeschool Groove - To make record keeping easier and also because I like seasonal rhythms, I divide the year into Winter, Spring/Summer and Fall "school terms".
- Learning with Littles - Interest-led learning when our children were little was very family and home based.
- Summer School - The intentional, parent-led teaching and regular practice of certain skills is what we call "school".
- Project learning ~ Bedrooms and Dollhouses (& Pond building too) - Going further and farther with project based learning.
- Summer non-boredom - My job as a mother is not to fill up my kids' days with activity after activity.
- School's Out ~ School's In - We have morning lessons but I'd say most of my kids' learning takes place outside of that time.
- Confessions of an errant homeschooler - We may not have followed through exactly on our plans but that doesn't mean we're not learning!
- A little more structure - My early forays into developing our own curriculum, based on Charlotte Mason's teaching.