Our Homeschool

We have decided to homeschool, at least for this year.  The year-by-year commitment seems to make it less frightening for me.  I employ a Charlotte Mason/Classical/Eclectic approach in our homeschool.  We enjoy lots of hands-on activities and plenty of delight-driven fun while I personally put lots of stock into weekly library trips and occasional worksheets.  I hope by sharing resources with you we can encourage one another!  Enjoy!

1. Helpful Links 
There is a ridiculous amount of online information for homeschooling families, but here are a few basic sites that provide a lot of information, specifically for Central Oregon families.
2.  Reading List 
Here is a list of a few of the books that inspired me to start homeschooling:
3. Homeschool Blogs 
I have so many favorite homeschool blogs, it's really hard to narrow it down.  But I wanted to list a few that I return to again and again so YOU can go seek encouragement when you need it, fellow blog-loving-homeschool-mama or daddy!
      
4.   Homeschool Philosophies:
There are many, but these seem to be most prevalent where I live.
  • Unit studies -All learning ties into a common theme.  For example, a unit on oceans would incorporate all topics under the common theme of "oceans."  Lapbooks are an example of a mini-unit study.
  • Classical education-This style is based on a model categorizing learning into three (or four) childhood stages: grammar, logic and rhetoric.  Often incorporates things like latin, music, art and whole-books learning (not textbooks).
  • Charlotte Mason- Education is three pronged:  an atmosphere (physical space as well as mental), a discipline (narration, memorization, etc.), and a life (free play, room for open learning).
  • Montessori method- Focuses on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural physiological development.  Learning through experience.
  • Unschooling- This theory is driven by the idea that children love to learn and will lead themselves to learn when given the proper stimulus and encouragement. 
  • Waldorf education- Focusing on an integrated approach, Waldorf learning (especially in the early years) comes through experience and awareness.  Academics are often aside for a few years while children learn storytelling, art, social responsibility and appreciation for the natural world. 
  • School-at-home (or "all in one" curricula)- These are boxed curriculum including everything needed to teach a child for a year.  Some school-at-home is actually just public school carried out at home.
  • Eclectic- Simply a mix of all these other philosophies.  Most home educators have an eclectic approach as they find an approach that works for themselves and the children they teach.
  • Of course there are other philosophies, as well!
5.   Other Random Stuff:
  •  Starfall is a great website- the "games" are very educational.  You can practically teach your child to read using their free website.