As you know, the school year with my 7th grader started with lots of tears and frustration for both me and my daughter. However, I was determined to stay the course and do what I know the Lord has called me to do for this season. Being a full-time working, homeschooling mom is a rarity. I have spent hours searching for blogs of working moms who homeschool. I have found several moms who run a home-based business and school; but just one who works outside of the home. My hope by continuing to blog about homeschooling as the Lord leads is to encourage other working moms who might have a desire to homeschool their children. As I learn and grow in this, I pray that I will encourage the hearts of all homeschooling moms.
I spent a lot of time in prayer over the last week. I kept hearing the Lord asking me to rest. But I didn’t know how. I had put together the entire year of curriculum and it was a challenge just to get through it on a daily basis. My daughter’s comprehension and study skills are not what I had hoped. Thus, the curriculum I had chosen was hard for two reasons. First, she wasn’t enjoying it. It wasn’t wetting her appetite to learn and here I was telling her, “so what, it’s what we have, go with it.” Secondly, she wasn’t absorbing the material. So I prayed. I found a few blogs to read that helped me consider changing my approach. I also had a long talk with a homeschooling mom at church. I could have saved myself all of those tears if I had taken this other approach much earlier.
Bottom line. I want school to be fun, for both of us. Yes, I want my daughter to learn, but I want her to enjoy learning. Does that make sense?
I noticed every blog I read had a “homeschool philosopy”. They stated what type of homeschooler they were. Up until now I called myself a “hodgepodge” homeschooler, but that wasn’t on the list. So I would say that I am an “Eclectic Homeschooler”.
Eclectic learning is a general mix of both traditional and non-traditional learning styles. Many subjects may be structured (such as Math or Language Arts) while other subjects may be unstructured (such as Science, Reading or History). The curriculum is generally a mix and match of what parents have found works well for their children. In general, eclectic homeschooling parents do what they want in regards to teaching their children. They do not feel bound to structured learning and keeping with a set curriculum, yet they are not as laid back as unschoolers.
Basically, I am going to relax and allow the Holy Spirit to equip me. I have to rely on Him or else it will all crumble.
So, what are we using for curriculum now? I am so glad that you asked!
We have switched to Learning Language Arts Through Literature. We are using the Tan Book, which is technically for 6th grade. It was recommended that I start a grade level below, since her comprehension is not that good. I love that this curriculum incorporates reading of great literature alongside the language arts portion.
We will now be using Story of the World, Volume 1. This semester we will study the early Nomads up to the Last Roman Emperor. One thing my daughter loves is activities. She does not do well if given a book and asked to absorb the material. There are a variety of hands-on activities, including crafts, color pages, word searches and videos, all to enhance what is being taught.
We have switched over to Exploring Creation with Zoology. This semester we are studying flying creatures. Alongside experiments and daily observations, this curriculum comes with an activity book full of learning enhancements.
We will still be using Teaching Textbooks for math, and nothing has changed for Bible or Fine Arts.
Going into this new week, I feel as if a boulder has been lifted off of my shoulders. I believe the Lord has given me His wisdom in how to approach schooling, and I hope and pray that we will have great success this week. If you could all be in prayer for me and Kaylie, I would greatly appreciate it.