Monday, March 8, 2010

My Style



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.

11 comments:

Mommy Moment said...

Thanks for sharing. It is nice to see what works for other families!
Jody from Mommy Moment

Debbie said...

Great Post! It is amazing how fast a child can associate the outcome or grade with success! We steer away from that concept as well.

Kylie said...

Yes but still gret to read.....it is amazing the things you take and learn from posts like these. Thanks for sharing. :)

Melissa: Mother to 3 Little Sprouts said...

Agreed! Thank you for participating! Keep coming back! I am a new follower!

Stuff On My Blog said...

Under Construction, I like that! That's an excellent way to describe a lot of hs'ers I think, because it's definitely a learning curve :)

Mama to 3 Blessings said...

Hi mama - nice to meet you! Welcome to the weekly homeschool blog hop! Look forward to getting to know you! I signed up to follow your blog, I invite you to come visit my blog & to follow! Have a great week! :)
Nicole

kewkew said...

Just found your blog through the Homeschool Blog Hop. I also am looking forward to getting to know you. Loved looking around a bit on your blog. Cute little alligator craft. I like your description of being under construction. Sounds like us. If you have a chance I invite you to stop by my blog, totsandme.blogspot.com. I am now following your blog.

Ticia said...

What a great post, and I agree sadly too many kids equate grades with success.

Jessica S. said...

So I think you describe that you do unit studies?? :D We love to do lapbooks for unit studies....especially with my pre-k.

Thanks for sharing!! :) Love reading everyone's post.

The Fambros said...

Jessica yeah we sort of do Unit Studies, sort of just hop around. I look for curriculum type things for areas I am not as fluent in such as Math and Spelling, but other than that we just enjoy the journey together!

Our Country Road said...

Under construction. Love it! I know we are in the same stage as we are pretty new to HSing. I am looking forward to reading more about you and your schooling on our hop!

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