Monday, March 8, 2010
Homeschool Hop #5 What's my style?
Our Worldwide Classroom is hosting a blog hop. This week the theme is "What's my style?"
I will start out by letting you all know my story.
My children are 11 - 5th grade boy, 9 - 3rd grade girl, and 5 - preschool girl. This is our first year homeschooling. They have all been in public school up until October of 2009. I had many promptings from The Lord, and many signs that led us here. I will share a few of those with you. K - my preschooler, was in public school preschool when she was 3, I tried to get her into the school by us, but it was already full, so I drove her to another school a little further away. I really liked her teacher, so did she. I had to pay $80 a month, it was held at a public school and put on through the district, but they still charged. She only went 2 days a week for 3 hours each day. She was pretty shy. Then they had to close the preschool due to low enrollment. They offered me to move her to another school. I chose the one by us, since that was my first choice. They only had afternoon openings, so I took it. Then it began getting hard on both of us. She was to tired during school she would just want to lay down and rest. That was not allowed at school, they wouldn't let her. Plus I was not paying $80 a month for her to sleep at a school. She would come home very cranky, and if I let her nap, she would not go to bed at night. Then her teacher had some pretty disruptive kids in the class and would need to be stern with them. That in a way scared K. She began to wet herself at school, because she was afraid to go to the bathroom. I just decided for what I was paying and the complex she was getting, I could do better. So I pulled her out. Now on to my 3rd grader, she was very peer dependent. All she cared about was recess and playing with friends, she got into trouble often for talking. She was put into a gifted program due to her being so smart when she would apply herself. She did not "get" back into it because of her talking. I knew there was to much socializing going on at school for her. Next my 5th grader. He is at the other end of the social scale. He was anti social, and all the distractions at school bothered him, and made him angry. They told him he would just have to deal with it, and learn to work through it. So at school he would begin to hold in all of his emotions and then explode. I knew that I had some serious character traits that I needed to work on.
What is my style? Right now my style is more of de-schooling, as well as working on character traits. We are trying out all kinds of curriculum and styles of teaching, and a variety of learning styles. We do plan on homeschooling next year and will be more of a eclectic style I think. We plan on basically sticking to the same curriculum but adding in much more.