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.
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.