So What About
So what do you think about
I mean, like going with a whole program
of textbooks and workbooks
for all the subjects?
Can't it be "one option" for people who
aren't as creative as others?
The first thing I need to tell you before I give you my opinion is that I am
biased. In fact, very biased! Having homeschooled for 16 years now
[I wrote this in 1998], and
having had contact with hundreds of homeschoolers via my writing, speaking around the country, the Home-Based Education Course I
offer, and the support groups I've been involved in, I have just seen too much to have anything but a biased view of any
workbook-oriented approach to homeschooling.
And here are a few related Q's and A's:
Q: Do you recommend using the school district for supplemental educating (I looked into what the kindergarten programs had available, such as "library", etc.)
No, I don't. I don't say "Don't do it!", but neither do I recommend it. I think it's best to just not be connected.
A: That is totally up to you. Read my article called "Obeying the Law, Testing, and Qualifying to Homeschool" for my thoughts on this. :-) It's very long, and I don't mean to overwhelm you, but there is MUCH to say and consider on this matter; it is not a simple thing.
Q: But I don't feel like I'm creative enough to do my own curriculum! This question is also worded as "I have several children, I don't have time to make my own curriculum! I just need something fast and easy!"
A: This isn't about "doing your own curriculum"; it's about SEEING and understanding what education really IS! I HIGHLY recommend that you put yourself through a "season of re-education and renewing of your mind, even (if not especially) starting now. The more you get your thinking in line with where God would have it be, the freer you will be to follow His ways, and the less you will depend on any plan of "man's" to guide you or give you ideas, because you'll be watching for and following God's leading. Not that using a curriculum is "not following God"! But I do not personally feel you really need a set curriculum. You might think you do, but my approach is to train parents and to help them better understand what "true education" is so that they are equipped and free to follow the leading of the Lord for their child. You still use all sorts of resources for various subjects (mostly "real books" but also "workbookish" things for grammar and math), but I believe that God wants to have you lean on Him for what you do on a day-to-day basis rather than on what a curriculum would tell you, no matter how wonderful and real-life it is. If you have already bought one, you can still use lots of ideas from it, but I hope you will get to the place where you will walk in greater understanding and freedom, and thus be able to utilize the "real-life curriculum" that God will bring your way daily. And THAT is what my course is about. Getting you to that place! If you need something in the "interim," that is exactly why I wrote two of my books:
~ The Homeschool Jumpstart Navigator, for moms with children age 12 and under, which you can read about on this page.
~Senior High: A Home-Designed Form+U+la ~ for junior high age and above. (mostly high school) You can read about it on that same page.
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