Yep, you read that right. I don’t use just one style of homeschooling, I don’t fit into any of the different styles of homeschooling that I know about:
- Charlotte Mason
- Unit Studies
I guess in reality, you “could” call us eclectic, as it seems to be a collaboration of the different styles. However, in my mind, I don’t want to be boxed into any one style, so I think we are just a Mish Mash Style. 😉 Am I independent? Umm, yeah, you could say that.
So, what does our Mish Mash style consist of?
- A little Charlotte Mason—History, Science, Nature Study, Reading
- A bit of Classical–History
- Several Unit Studies—Anything from science to history, to an interest my children show
- A lot of life—History, science, home ec, math, everything you can think of
- Some Textbooks–language arts, phonics
- Some Unschooling—Goes with life
- And, I might as well add Eclectic—you get the idea. 😉
See, I told you we were a mish mash of the different styles.
Why do I do things in this manner for our homeschool? Because I want everything we do to be tailored to our children’s needs, interest and levels. I don’t want to fit into a curriculum just because it is supposed to work for someone else. Let’s face it, we are all different. I also believe, that many different subjects can over lap and therefore cut out on the busy work seen in most textbooks. I don’t do everything a textbook tells me too either. Again, you can see my independent nature here. Right now, my oldest is studying blacksmithing in his free time, this covers everything from science, history to math and some things I don’t know what subject they fit in. My oldest daughter is learning to tat. This is includes math and home ec and reading.
As you can see, I like to allow my children to learn from their interests. The information they gain from their own studies of things they are interested in will stick much easier, and longer then if they are learning from a textbook. Why? Because they are learning how to apply it to real life situations rather then just how the textbook teaches them.
For those that wonder, I do not believe my style is the easiest. Honestly, my lesson plans often get all messed up, but that doesn’t mean that my children didn’t learn anything. Those days are the days that my children learned the most. However, I often struggle with how to put that on paper.
What kind of homeschool style fits you? Why?
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