Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Our Homeschool Method

has no name.  We are very eclectic, to say the least.  We have some Classical indicators, lean heavily toward the Charlotte Mason side, and do lots of Unit Studies.  There is nothing to call it, other than eclectic.  Things we have used and may still use, depending on the day and how I feel:
Abeka Math, Phonics, Readers, a few Science texts
Christian Liberty readers, nature readers, some History texts
History Pockets from Evan Moor, along with the plan at Guest Hollow
Spelling Power (my combined method is explained here)
Easy Grammar
Five in a Row
Writing Strands (read my review here)

There's more.  Lots more....there's Homeschool Share, using other random ideas of others' along the way, some days there's more student-led activities, many field trips and hands-on learning experiences ( we went geocaching this week and loved it).  Lots of life skills, too.  Whatever it is, I don't know what you would label it...but I know it is what we do.  It will certainly not work for everyone but it's for us. 

All that to say, our children are  normal and scored very well on their standardized tests this year.  We don't have a ton of keepsakes to prove what we do, other than completed papers.  I'm not an original, crafty person and haven't done a ton of cool projects with my kids like some moms do...I'm just me and we are doing what we do and it is working--at least the county/state is happy.

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