• A Day In The Life Of Secular Homeschooler: rueyn

    day-life-jpgWelcome to a "Day in the Life of a Secular Homeschooler"! This week we are featuring a day in the life of....rueyn ! She has been homeschooling almost 3 years, is Mom to one and you can keep reading to learn a little about a day in her secular homeschool.....


    From the end of December through the beginning of January, we were a family. No work, no homeschool, no set schedule, no responsibilities. Eleven days of just living.

    The lack of rigidity allowed us to simply BE.

    For days after Christmas, my son was upstairs in his room, building kit after kit of LEGOs while my husband and I went about our own lives reading books, watching movies, playing video games, and resting.

    There was no squabbling, no feeling of restlessness – just a sense of togetherness that, to be honest, has been absent for a very long time.

    The lack of rigidity allowed us to simply be.

    While dh went back to work last week, the public school system was still out on break, so I let the Kid continue his vacation, too. And once he’d finished his Christmas building and gotten over the worst of his illness, something beautiful happened: he asked me if we could watch a video together. Not just any video, but “the one about cells and germs“. Of course I said yes.

    The following day, we were both well enough to go on an extended nature walk, jumping right back into our long-term, intensive study on how local beavers are affecting the environment of our stream.

    In the days following came another video, this one about the Great Barrier Reef, then further research on the Periodic Table, an art project, a book on germs, “What Happened Before the Big Bang?”, owl pellet discussion and dissection…
    All of these things are normal homeschool topics for us, only this time we weren’t doing school. No, these studies came about because and only because the Kid asked for them. No pushing from me, no prodding. No, “It’s time to learn. We have work to do today.”

    I had planned to begin this year with Project-Based Homeschooling. Now? The only plan I have is to keep doing what we’re doing. Taking things slowly while opening ourselves up to as many possibilities as we can.

    Other than that? Unschooling. An organic, child-led style of natural discovery, open discussion, and exploration.

    I don’t know whether it’s my son’s age or his personality, but he loves to learn, and thanks to the recent break, I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that, right now at least, there is nothing to worry about.

    Here’s why:

    Handwriting, Spelling, Grammar: every day through detailed story-writing and reading. He’s a bookworm!

    Social Studies, Maps, and History: daily. Any time we watch a video or read a book, he wants to know the when/where/how behind the topic.

    Science: every day, several times a day. Nature walks, books, videos, field trips, art projects, et cetera. His favorite subject!

    Socializing: this little introvert is out of the house twice a week to spend time with friends.
    Physical Fitness: soccer, bike riding, hiking.

    Math: Games like Buy It Right!, Number Ninja, Logic Links, and tri-FACT-a. Books like Zero the Hero, Beast Academy, and The Adventures of Penrose. And iPad apps like Contraptions and Flow.

    Age-wise he’s in first grade. Mentally, he’s far, far ahead. More important than both? He’s happy.

    And so a new year, a new path.


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      aliciashermer -
      This article is just what I needed. I don't want to be rigid about homeschooling and want him to love learning. My son has a natural curiosity and learns by asking questions and gathering information through videos, books and real life experiences. My son too is ahead, but should only be going into the 1st grade and I have been torn about where to place him grade wise. I have decided to just continue to learn.....
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      rueyn -
      Quote Originally Posted by aliciashermer View Post
      This article is just what I needed. I don't want to be rigid about homeschooling and want him to love learning. My son has a natural curiosity and learns by asking questions and gathering information through videos, books and real life experiences. My son too is ahead, but should only be going into the 1st grade and I have been torn about where to place him grade wise. I have decided to just continue to learn.....
      It's tough, isn't it, especially in the beginning to find a way to let go? Trust has been my biggest homeschool-related issue so far, but it's gotten easier the further along we go. I still can't believe we've been doing this for three years
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