Sunday, January 25, 2009

Priorities for Homeschooling & Christmas gift

Like I mentioned in my previous post, I've been working through the 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum. It's interesting that we have been homeschooling for 8 years and I've never really sat down and formed a philosophy of education. I mean, I know what I think education is supposed to be like. I know what it shouldn't be (at least for my children) and I know what curriculums we have used and liked and disliked in the past. I think one problem that we've had over the years, and the cause for switching programs so much, has been because I never really sat down and thought through this thoroughly.

So, as I start this journey, I'd like to take you alongside me. If only to encourage you to do this for yourself and to give you an idea of what kind of family we are and what kind of children we have.

So, here are our priorities for homeschooling, compiled by Big P and I, in as close to an order from greatest to least as is possible for us. I truly feel that some of these are at the same level, but I'm not willing to do a fancy diagram to explain it. Haha!
  • to know the Savior and have a strong Biblical worldview
  • to learn the Scriptures and memorize some of them
  • to be wise and discerning
  • to have a heart to serve others
  • boys: practical life skills girls (just 1 right now): to manage a home efficiently and with passion
  • be hard workers
  • to be able to teach themselves whatever they desire to know
  • to read well and express themselves well through writing
  • figure out their special gifts and talents
  • give correct change $ (interesting how this made it in, huh?! I worked at Sonic)
  • love learning
  • go through the normal subjects so they can pass tests when necessary
It was pretty interesting how this looked when it all came together and I'm glad to have it down. It's changed over the years, but I know that we have learned a lot, too. Our reasons for homeschooling have changed as well, so I'm sure that has something to do with it.

I hope to take you further on this journey with me and I would highly recommend the book. Image is linked to Amazon, but I got it locally at a homeschool store near me. Paid a bit more there, but I feel like the advice and general mom help I got was worth the extra dollars. Plus, I didn't pay shipping, so it really wasn't that much of a difference.

And one more thing that I forgot to add into my last post. This is what we gave our family for Christmas. Sweet hubby forgot to mail his dad's to him, but it is coming, I promise!



Latte-n-Libre said...

the summer before we started homeschooling (2000) I took Cathy Duffy's original book and it walked through the education philosophy and I created one with Mike's help(we haven't done it since- guess we need to since we are on our 9th year!) I also went through the book at the time (WAY more than 100 curriculum) and read the description for every single one she had listed. Marked out ones that I knew I would NEVER use, Highlighted some of my favorites and circled some I thought I might like later. Mike then went through the book and gave me his opinion on what I had found. That is how we ended up with what we did. I do remember going to the home school book fair and wanting to change my mind to my second choice. Ultimately I am glad I stuck with the first choice (FIAR), then when they were older I switched to the 2nd choice (Sonlight). Now this school year we switched to Ambleside Online and we absolutely LOVE it.

I am thankful for the road the Lord has led us down.

Tasha said...

OH How neat. You'll have to teach me how to do that calendar. Ummmmm, and I should be ready to begin digi scrapping in about 2 months. Are you ready for a couple of students? LOL

Momofsix said...

I am curious what the list looks like of the top 100 curriculums and what is the criteria to make the list.

We are re-examining our schooling ourselves. I have become completely dissatisfied with the direction I was seeing my children go in. NOT that they were not good students. Good students is not all I want. I want Godly Warriors for the Kingdom of Heaven, that is what I want. I want to disciple my children in the Word, but I have no idea how to do that.. so I am looking for a bible Centered curriculum and I think we have found it. By the Grace of God He will lead me through this transition!

I am curious about your journey and will anxiously await your changes!


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