This weeks theme at Home School Blog Hopper is "My Homeschooling Style".
Oh My! What is my style? I would have to say that my style of homeschooling is always "Under Construction". I like to pull from various theories on teaching to suit both of my kid's needs. I tend to flip flop around from time to time but mainly I like to start with what my children are interested in and build from there. We make lapbooks, crafts, play games, and occasionally work in workbooks. The theme is to try you best and be happy with you best while striving to learn more. This is very important to me because I have a son who is a perfectionist and a daughter that is the world's biggest copy cat. Jakob becomes very frustrated with the idea that something is graded because he equates grades with acceptance. This is why we are pulling him out of school for next year. Hazel on the other hand copies everything we say or do right down to her brother's defeatest attitude. While I am aware that this will happen this makes it all the more important for my children to focus on the process instead of the outcome.
This is why I follow their lead as to base topics to cover and then whenever they don't seem to be giving me anything I try to offer various tidbits to see if they bite. Then we finish exploring that avenue and move onto another (first their choice and then mine). Now I do look at state standards to see the things that they would have my kids learning and try to fit them into whatever topics we are discussing. This seems to have the most positive affect and also appeases states that may have stricter homeschooling laws.
So that's it my style. Not too specific huh? Well thats what we are, none too specific, laid back kinda going with the flow. Somedays it works better than others, Sometimes I question my methods but all in all my kids are happy healthy learners and that's my goal.