home school

Monday, March 16, 2020

When Kindred turned 5 years old last January, I began playing this fun mental game called "Change My Mind Every Week: The Public School vs Home School edition" Ultimately, the week before public school started in August, I decided to give it a chance. I am so glad I did because she had the sweetest teacher and met some really incredible little friends. We decided fairly early on that Kindergarten would be as far as we wanted to go in public school, so when we found out her teacher would be going on maternity leave in March, we began loosely considering starting our home school adventure then, too. Over the Christmas break, we made the classroom ready and did a few 'home school day' trial runs to show Kindred what it would be like if she wanted to home school in March. Kindred really loved it and didn't want to return to public school. We gently urged her to give school just a little longer and sent her back. Within a couple of weeks, Kindred was still asking to home school and I received the clarity & peace I had been asking for in deciding to go ahead and start our new adventure. So, we pulled Kindred out. I still check in with her to be sure she prefers home school and she has never wavered. This is what is best for Kindred and we have the absolute privilege of making it happen. Of course, just a couple of months later, the Covid lockdown happened, so we really had just found our groove when Nova joined us in the classroom.

Most of the units/curriculum I am using are Charlotte Mason inspired. I want to build a "life school" experience with Kindred. We will be taking many field trips, pulling from a variety of curriculum/resources, focusing on nature, exploring many different cultures & religions, as well as a community art classes, dance with her little bestie, music lessons, yoga, etc. We aren't home educating for religious reasons, but we aren't exactly a secular home school either. We are our own mixture over here.

Field trip posts, click HERE
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“The question is not, -- how much does the youth know? when he has finished his education -- but how much does he care? and about how many orders of things does he care? In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? and, therefore, how full is the life he has before him?”―​ Charlotte Mason, School Education: Developing A Curriculum
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