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    Default Where are you on the spectrum of structure?

    1. Strict adherence to a packaged curriculum and scheduled study times and "school" days
    2. We use a packaged curriculum but are loose about study times, and don't care how long it takes to complete something.
    3. We change styles and levels of rigidity at whim, sometimes doing worksheets or textbooks, sometimes not doing anything formal at all.
    4. We actively avoid worksheets, textbooks, and keeping track of school "times" but still sometimes do that sort of thing, as the mood strikes (we don't usually but don't rule it out).
    5. For us, there is no difference between living, and learning, and we do not engage in worksheets, workbooks, texts, or desk time as a form of learning, or keep a "school" calendar.

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    There's no poll!

    None of the above. I'm closest to 3, but it's not that I'm swinging between styles at a whim. I believe in balancing a lot of things together in a purposeful way - lots of reading, plenty of hands on learning and field trips, projects, discussion, writing, informal learning and teachable moments whenever they arise, and, yes, worksheets and workbooks.
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    We aren't using a packaged curriculum. We do a combo of unit studies, T4L, MCT, worksheets for spelling, writing, handwriting and math, some videos. I try to schedule school work, not so much now that it's summer but most days we do school work in the mornings. I guess we're closest to number 1?
    Homeschooling two boys, ages 7 and 11

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    None of the above. We use a packaged curriculum for our core but neither #1 nor #2 fit us, as they're extremes of the spectrum and we're somewhere in the middle. Although we're pretty relaxed, both DS and I do put forth a solid effort to make steady progress.
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    Crunchynerd, can you define what you mean by "packaged curriculum"?

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    These seem kinda extreme. I guess sort of between 2 and 3, but not based upon whim.

    We have curricula that we love and follow in our own way. I don't have a prepackaged but instead have worked hard to find resources that work well for each individual subject. And have created my own as necessary. I don't follow a pre-set time schedule or lesson plan. We don't do certain subjects at certain times or days, but everything gets covered thru the course of the day and the week. Handwriting, math,and spelling are mandatory in some form every day. Then he gets input into choosing what subject he wants to do that day and we rotate history, science, LA, latin, and art.

    We work on topics for as long (or as short) as it takes to master it. I value living books, hands-on learning, games, field trips, videos, etc just as much as texts. I try to find a balance between our active learning and the written practice that is necessary to reinforce the concepts. IMO, this balance varies from kid to kid but is still necessary.

    We are laid back in that we haven't reach a point of tests, grades, or anything like that. He has a lot of input into what he studies and I try to follow his interests - like we are going to study earth science and astromony next per his request. latin is also his request. And if we are having a rough day, we may do more of an unschooly day or a half day. But we also do school work on weekends, holidays, and even when sick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichelleC View Post
    Crunchynerd, can you define what you mean by "packaged curriculum"?
    I assume she means a box curriculum like Calvert, K12, Oak Meadow or even something like Moving Beyond the Page - something all in one. Though, actually, I guess she might mean just having a slate of purchased curricula instead of doing it all yourself.
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    I am probably one of the more structured people here, since I use Calvert with ATS, but I am finding myself less and less so as time goes on. When we started in January, I followed the lesson plan like it was a religion. We did everything, in order, in the time slot that Calvert recommended. Now? Calvert is more of a guideline. We do the work for the week at some point durring the week, expect spelling and math which we do daily. Sometimes the work for the week takes more than a week, because Mary gets really interested in something and I end up getting supplementary material and we lapbook or notebook. Sometimes it takes less of a week, because she finds it easy and we whip through it. When she does that, we quit at the end of the weeks work and she gets a long weekend. Calvert gives me a year to finish a grade level, so I figure as long as we get all the tests done within the time limit, we are good to go and can take time to smell the roses (or explore the elements) as we see fit. So I guess I am a #2.
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    We're around #2 I guess. although sometimes more #3.
    Kristin, sporadically, eclectically, homeschooling mom to Wynter (Nov 1st 2003), Cassia (Nov 2nd 2005), Solaine (Dec 21st 2007) and Orielle (July 23rd 2010)

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    #1 but without the boxed curriculum. We school on certain days and from 9a-2p.

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