Blog Cruise time again. This week: What is your homeschooling style, and how did you choose for your family?
I've called our homeschooling style lots of different things over the years... but really, what it boils down to is that we are literature-rich homeschoolers.
We tend kind of classical, but not exactly, and certainly not all the neo-classical 4 year cycle type of thing. So we are studying Latin, spending a fair amount of time on ancient history, and taking or planning courses such as logic and rhetoric.
But that doesn't really define us.
What defines us is that in many of the subjects, we are using literature as a basis for our studies. Or that we tend towards more "book" and less "text" in the subjects where we use textbooks.
What does that look like? Well, my goal is two hours a day of reading aloud to my kids. That covers history, that often covers science, and it certainly covers literature and fun reading. It also may cover geography, Bible/church history, economics, health, P.E., music, art, well pretty much anything.
History: we usually are using Sonlight, which schedules quite a few quality books mostly covering history. They schedule some literature studies as well.
Literature: for high school, we are using Excellence in Literature, which definitely covers some great literature. At younger ages, I pull studies from Bright Ideas Press, or try to use Teaching the Classics. I make use of some great lists in selecting titles to read (when Sonlight isn't enough) such as The Read Aloud Handbook, Latin Centered Curriculum, or the 1000 Good Books list.
Science: we frequently make use of texts such as the Apologia Elementary level ones that aren't so textbooky. We also make a point of using scientist biographies or great books that include science.
Music/art/PE, etc.: biographies. We tend to read a lot of biographies.
Math: we supplement with books from Living Math's excellent website.
Why do we do this? Well, we all love a good story, we enjoy spending time together with a good story, and we sure seem to remember a lot more why's and how's from this approach. Stories appeal to multiple ages, so I can much more easily combine kids. I can borrow a bit from the library, which is always nice. And when we are learning about similar things, it makes for interesting dinner conversation.
I'd love to say more, but time seriously got away from me this week. But you can check out what some of my Crew
Mates had to say by clicking the graphic above!