Schooling decisions

Last time I blogged about our schooling decisions (read here), I had been inspired by the Thomas Jefferson Education book and the online charter school was feeling more like busy work that was giving Isaac the idea that learning is no fun.

I have to confess that I chickened out last minute and signed up for another year of Connections Academy. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to teach Isaac to read without a structured curriculum and a set of deadlines to meet. Now, two weeks into school, Jason and I were quickly reminded why we wanted to quit the program.

It really sucks. I don’t know how else to put it. The curriculum is packed with so much busy work and things that are totally inappropriate for a six year old. It was the quiz he had to take about the 5 areas of Social Studies (geography, civics, economics, etc) that put the final nail in the coffin.

We’ve disenrolled him and ordered a few curriculum items to do on our own, at our own pace. We can skip over things as we wish, or get sidetracked with something else altogether.

In fact, as I am pouring over different homeschooling philosophies, I am more and more drawn to the idea of Unschooling. It makes so much sense to both Jason and I, and fits in with our passion for gentle/positive parenting.

Although I was initially confused by the term unschooling, it really is what we’ve been doing all along. When the kids ask questions or show an interest in something, we go with it. We answer thoroughly enough to satisfy the question, we look things up online together, we get out and see things for ourselves if we can.

Kids naturally ask the questions…seeking answers to all of the stuff taught in school plus so much more. Unschooling just allows that to continue and flourish throughout the schooling years, and not limit the child to a set curriculum.

I’m still in the infant stage of homeschooling, so it will be interesting to see where we go with it, but I suspect it will be somewhat eclectic, with a mixture of Unschooling and classic literature reading.

2 Responses to “Schooling decisions”

  1. Kathleen Says:

    I am sure that will work just fine. You have very smart children, and whichever schooling they get, they will do great. Keep up the great decisions!! Oh, check out my blog, tag, you’re it. I don’t normally do these, but it was fun!

  2. Jessica Says:

    The best part is that you are both on board for homeschooling. Many times one parent is for it and the other is dragged along on the adventure.
    My youngest son learned to read with using headsprout.com, it’s a really cute online program and they mail you the phonics books that go with it.

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