Homeschooling is a lot of wonderful things, but sometimes it can be confusing, even for (especially for) veteran moms, staring at the ocean of curricula, the endless teaching possibilities, and the myriad of styles and approaches.
It is helpful for me to go back to the basics sometimes, and reevaluate what an “education” is, what we want our children to know and the simplest way to accomplish those things.
So the following is an approach to simple homeschooling. I hope it will help you sift through the noise and distractions, and come to a stress-free approach to education.
What do they need to know and what are the simplest ways to accomplish learning?
We use a math curriculum (mostly A.C.E.) starting about the first grade, or maybe second. Before then, math is learned through every day life.
Sometimes we take a break from text books and focus solely on multiplication tables, or counting money or some other specific exercise.
We read for history, and try to enrich our reading by documentaries found on Netflix or Youtube.
This year, I found an incredible resource my 13 year old and up are using for American History. I wanted something simple, something they could do on their own, and something that was ACCURATE and from a Christian perspective. Enter, Compass Classroom American History, with Dave Raymond. Answer. to. prayer. If you want to try a lesson for free, click HERE.
Historical Books for Kids (include Amazon affiliate links)
- If You Series
- All of a Kind Family
- Who Was/Is (Series)
- Young Thomas Edison
- Always Remember Me: How One Family Survived World War II
- The Declaration of Independence from A to Z
- Let It Begin Here!: Lexington & Concord: First Battles of the American Revolution
- Along Came Galileo
- Of Courage Undaunted
- The Story of the World
- Theodore Roosevelt’s Letters to His Children
- D’aulaire’s Historical Biographies for Children
Educational Videos on Netflix
We do most of our science from reading and videos as well. We love Apologia Science and I have found lots of printables on Pinterest to coincide with our reading.
We do copywork from Kindergarten through around 7th grade and so far, it has proven an effective approach to grammar, spelling and sentence structure. If a child seems to struggle in an area of language arts, I may have him work through a grammar or English text book.
I have all my kids work through Type It at about the age of 12.
We approach geography organically, referring to our map when we read about certain states or countries. There are also some fun online geography games for memorizing places and names.
Ultimately, we should desire to see our children become self-learners, giving them the tools (literacy, numeracy, reasoning skills) to learn what they need to learn when they need to learn it.
That’s not so very hard, mama. You’re doing great!