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    no. it's very similar to when i first started.
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    I seek a balance between structure and spontaneity.

    I always have, but I used to beat myself up over pendulum swings until I read a Tammy Takahashi book or blog post that informed me that it's normal and most long term homeschoolers do the same thing.

    I still haven't found "balance", but the pendulum swings aren't quite as wide and confusing. I'm currently in "oh look a pretty butterfly" "let's do a unit study on the atom bomb with my 8 year old" mode but able to make long range plans for making the next structured phase more effective.

    I am not the same person I was when dd27 was five, nor do I claim to be. I'm not here to tell you how to raise your kids or because I want you to tell me how wonderful I am.

    I'm here because it's effing hard and because it's also wonderful and exhilarating and because it feels good to share the ups and downs with people who are in the trenches with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lakshmi View Post
    no. it's very similar to when i first started.
    Care to elaborate? How was it that is still is? Always find your posts interesting!
    Middle-aged mom of 4 kids spanning a 10-year age range, homeschooling since 2009, and a public school mom also, since 2017.

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    That makes sense!
    Middle-aged mom of 4 kids spanning a 10-year age range, homeschooling since 2009, and a public school mom also, since 2017.

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    It is something to think of, how much the approach can change also due to different ages and stages of the kids, in addition to evolving outlooks in the parent(s).
    Middle-aged mom of 4 kids spanning a 10-year age range, homeschooling since 2009, and a public school mom also, since 2017.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crunchynerd View Post
    It is something to think of, how much the approach can change also due to different ages and stages of the kids, in addition to evolving outlooks in the parent(s).
    I think so, Crunchynerd. For us, some things are the same and some have evolved. Some examples:

    Same: I still plot out the year on my spreadsheet, even though I know full well that I will not stick to it exactly. I just like to see the whole arc of the thing, and then adjust it as we go along.
    Different: I no longer painstakingly plot out (for example) page numbers of what we'll cover each week for the year. I will now just do a few weeks' worth and then adjust and add more as we complete.

    Same: We are still using many of the same curricula that we have used for a couple of years now, most notably Math Mammoth and History Odyssey.
    Different: But some things have changed - we tried a few spelling curricula, and we have added topics and online things, such as Khan and Mark Kistler art lessons.

    Same: We still have a wacky school week schedule, due to my work, where school gets fit in on 4 days per week (wed, fri, sat, sun).
    Different: DH is doing more school now on my work days, so my school days with DD can be shorter (more time for fun things) or compressed into fewer days.

    My philosophy sort of started out eclectic - I read deeply on Charlotte Mason, Classical, Montessori, and I read broadly on many other styles, and our style has been pretty eclectic all along. Being so, I think changing with the seasons, the breeze, whatever, is sort of in fitting with the eclectic style. I feel pretty darn comfortable now that what we are doing is working - I have lost that uncertainty and worry that characterized the early days, so that is a big relief.
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    I love your differentiation between reading deeply and reading broadly. I do the same thing: go delving into something to grok it, (even though I despise using a term invented by a scifi writer gone bad, as Heinlein did in later works depicting father/daughter incest as some sort of elevated state of devotion...*vomit*)or else "reading broadly" as you put it, to scan and skim to gather a view of the layout before delving.

    I love your breakdown of what has been consistent as well as what has changed. Thank you for taking the time to write your post. This kind of dialogue is what illuminates the journey for us all.
    Middle-aged mom of 4 kids spanning a 10-year age range, homeschooling since 2009, and a public school mom also, since 2017.

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