When my son was four years old he saw a show on television about China. He asked me if we could go there. I don’t think we will be going to China anytime soon. So I decided to bring China in our home and do a unit study about its culture.
We have done several unit studies with our son. By the time he turned seven he had a wealth of information about the Desert, Africa, Asia, Italy, and Antarctica!!!
It’s awesome to create a curriculum that my son and daughter are interested in. Children learn so much better when they have a choice in what they study.
One of his favorite adventures was when we traveled through Colorado and into Wyoming in one afternoon. We went to a history museum where he was allowed to climb on stage coaches and view Wild West pictures. Now he knows what life was like before cars. This is the kind of learning that inspires and educates.
As a homeschooling family we started our journey with online public school. Their curriculum looked good, teachers were available to support, and material was free. But after two and half years we discovered that this was not for us.
We were always playing catch up and we never had time to study the things that my son was interested in. Some days my son reacted like a cat does when you put it in water. I felt like we were the schools online puppets. No one was happy and school was no longer meaningful.
We cut the strings November 2015!!!! We are free from pleasing teachers in a public system where their ridiculous expectations are not important to us. We found that their standards were unrealistic and frustrating.
Now we are a family that wakes up in the morning ready to learn! Education is more meaningful when we can explore, discover, experiment, and read great books. I like having complete control in my children’s education.
As parents it is our right and responsibility to direct our children’s education. I truly believe that education belongs in the hands of the parent. I don’t believe my family can do that in the public school system.
What freedoms do you have as a home –school family that you wouldn’t have if your child was in the public school system?