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Up until four years ago, we were eclectic homeschoolers. We did everything from Charlotte Mason to Montessori, Traditional, Unschooling, and Unit Studies.
The one thing I never thought I’d use was a boxed curriculum.
For one thing, I didn’t want other people deciding what we would use year to year. I wanted to research what was available and choose the best possible materials based on what I knew about my children.
I also didn’t want my kids learning from workbooks that bogged them down with tons of questions. I wanted them to love learning and enjoy interesting books and rich discussions.
When a friend offered to show me her Memoria Press materials, I loved a lot of what I saw, but I couldn’t bring myself to go all in.
- I thought all the questions in Enrichment would kill a child’s love of reading.
- I wanted my kids to learn cursive from the start.
- The composition program looked dry and complicated, and
- The history sequence was out of order
Besides, I’d already chosen a beautiful grammar program that taught grammar and composition through great literature, poetry, and the writings of the saints!
I was so excited about that program, but I received a complete shock when I told my son about it. “Mom,” he said quietly but earnestly, “I don’t learn that way. I just need them to tell me what I need to know.”
I bought our other materials for the year, we got started — and I was blown away.
The kids loved what they were learning in Latin and they surprised themselves (and me!) when they recited almost all of EGR I at the end of the year.
We were using a living books history program, but the kids told me they didn’t like it; they didn’t feel they were really learning anything.
It was different with the Famous Men books.
Our Memoria materials were straightforward, well laid-out, and easy to teach. They were our favorite materials that year.
Everything made sense, everything was integrated, everything had a purpose.
We decided to make the leap to customized full cores in 2016 and our homeschool changed for the better.
I don’t mean that the curriculum saved us. I had to make changes in myself before our homeschool turned around.
But Memoria supported these efforts in a deep and meaningful way and it continues to do so.
- It reminds me daily me that my kids are capable of more than I give them credit for.
- It reminds me of the importance of beauty in our lives.
- It reminds me that even the most basic — and boring! — skills are laying the foundation for future richness.
It has also taught me that I don’t need to reinvent the wheel if something isn’t working for my child. It taught me to look more closely at the roots of things and to truly meet my child’s needs from within the materials we already have.
On top of all this, I no longer spend months on end researching every available program, agonizing over each decision, and writing lesson plans. I simply look at the following year’s recommendations and adjust up/down, or leave out, depending on the needs of each child.
I never saw myself as a boxed curriculum homeschooler, but I’m grateful every day for this one.