Everyone says it’s easy to kill our children’s love of learning. It will disappear if we expect our children to do things they don’t enjoy. It will never return if we dare to “do school at home” instead of “homeschool”.
Our children could even have life-long scars if we fail to make all our learning as sensory and relaxed as a nature walk. Besides that, we’ll become stressed, demanding mothers who lack joy and beauty.
These beliefs ruled our homeschool for five years. Here’s what happened when I dared to push back.
Over the past ten years, we’ve homeschooled just about everywhere except the bathroom: our living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom-turned-office, fifth wheel camper, and even the laundry room! Needless to say, I don’t believe a school room is necessary for homeschooling. But my kids do better in a separate space, so we converted the front room of our house into a minimalist homeschool room a few years ago.
I hoped that would be the last stop in our game of “musical school spaces”. I should have known better!
Our third teenager will be homeschooling high school soon and it has me doing a lot of soul-searching! His older brothers will be rising seniors and I don’t want to repeat the mistakes I made with them. While our approach to high school hasn’t changed, I’ve learned some things that will make the journey smoother this time.
Here’s the then and now of how we planned — and our four-year plan for teen #3!
It’s one of the most common questions I see from homeschool families: “Where should I place my child?” When we switched to Memoria Press five years ago, it took me months to decide where to place our struggling learner! I’ve learned a lot since then and this yearly process is now far easier than it used to be.
Here are my top tips for placing a struggling learner with Memoria Press!
My husband and I are second-generation homeschoolers so we remember what homeschool was like before outsourcing. There were no online classes and co-ops didn’t exist in most places until the end of our high school years. While some curriculums offered VHS classes or grading services, and some kids dual enrolled in community college, none of that was really common.
I know those early homeschool parents would have given their right arms for the resources we have today!
But when is outsourcing a good idea, when is it not, and how on earth do we make it affordable?
If you’ve followed us for a while, you know we have multiple children with mild special needs. But the term mild needs can be really misleading. Many people think it means learning disabilities only, but my children don’t have any diagnosed learning disabilities!
So what does “mild needs” actually mean?