Why I use the Library and Internet to Homeschool

Since I began homeschooling in 2011, I have learned so much.  I have mainly learned how to be flexible and not be so rigid in my learning approaches.  It has gotten to the point that I use the library and Internet to teach my girls.  It is amazing how much money we have saved and I can pick and choose what my children actually learn based on our family beliefs.

Here is what I have used in the past, but found it didn’t work for my girls learning styles: (Remember, every child’s learning style is different and every homeschool family is different based on what approach works the best.)

  • A Beka Curriculum-I found this was perfect for one child, but when adding more than one into the mix, it doesn’t leave much room for flexibility.  This is my opinion.
  • Unit Studies and Lapbooks-I found unit studies and lapbooks to be great once in a while, but my girls got bored and needed more of a challenge and even more of a hands-on approach.
  • Multi-Age Curriculums-I have used multi-age options which worked great in some ways, but were more of a challenge in others.
  • Charlotte Mason Method-I utilized www.amblesideonline.org for a few months.  It started out okay, but moved a little too quickly for my girls.  It became an overwhelming and frustrating experience.

I have also been given opportunities to review online programs like Time4Learning, K5 Learning, and much more. I found that a few of them could potentially be something I use again in the future.

The library and the Internet along with field trips and activities have been the best decision I could have made for them.  They have learned so much more than they learned with the other approaches.  I also use Homeschool co-op supplements which is also very beneficial.

So again, Yes! I use the library and Internet to homeschool.  Not only does it work for them, I am saving money as well.  Who says homeschooling has to be expensive?

Let me also point out that I found a pretty cool site called: www.teachervision.com. You get access to dozens of lessons, printables, digital books, etc., for only a small fee per yer.  So worth it as you can pick and choose what they learn through any subject.  They are now aligned with the new Common Core Standards, so I am exploring other options at this time.

What have you found works for your homeschool?  Feel free to share.

4 thoughts on “Why I use the Library and Internet to Homeschool

  • I also use the Internet I love versality. Teachervision I stumbled across it a few months ago and I absolutely love it. The creative writing is my favorite because my 16 year old loves writing and poetry!

  • Thx for the info ladies. Very helpful. I want to homeschool my 13 yr old once he completes his season this yr. Ive always wanted to do it but was uncertain as to how since I work FT and am a single parent. I’m taking the plunge this year! Im excited and Im certain it’ll be much more enriching for my soon-to-be 9th grader. I also expect some challenges. More importantly, I’m looking forward to the freedom from boundaries in his learning.

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