When we first started homeschooling, it all happened so quickly that I didn’t really know where to begin. I had so many ideas and well, it all just went to what was easiest at the time since we just jumped in to it so suddenly. Recently I read God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn by Julie Polanco and it was such a good read!
As I started reading this book it pulled me in immediately. A lot of it was similar to ideas that I had when we first started homeschooling. I really wanted more of an un-schooling approach to it..
But alas, they had been in regular school for so long and got behind in math, that I soon found myself picking out all sorts of curriculum and it just snowballed.
There are so many good points made in this book, things that reinforced what I had been thinking all along. That children need time outside, need time alone, need to just have time to figure things out for themselves.
Some of the points were things that I didn’t really go along with, but they were still very good points. I don’t think that we are doing a bad thing by using curriculum and just doing what we are doing for our family.
I do know that my children do learn best by doing, and that too much of the ‘sitting at the table’ learning doesn’t do much for their happiness with school.
When I first picked the book up and glanced at the chapter list, I thought that I would just skip the chapters for younger kids, since mine are all in high school or older! Don’t make that mistake! There is so much good information in those chapters and it will all make more sense if you just read the whole book.
There was a section about college and that really was good timing as we have been talking about how there is such a shortage of kids wanting to do trades anymore. Everyone wants to do college and get computer jobs.
We were talking to Ryan about ideas on what he might want to do. He is 19 now and is just a few classes shy of his Associates in Arts. He has plans on finishing that up and after that we just aren’t sure.
Jeffy suggested learning to be an electrician as that is a guaranteed job anymore because not a lot of young people are getting those kinds of jobs.
Anyway, in the book it mentioned starting salaries and how they differ from someone in trades and someone that did the college route and accrued debt. Granted, everyone has a different situation, but that little section sure was timely, and almost seemed personalized just to our family!
Even if you don’t plan on un-schooling your children, I highly suggest this book, just to have on read and have on hand as more of a reference book. And don’t skip the pages of the ages that don’t apply to your children like I was going to! The whole book is full of great information that you can apply to your own situations!
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