Our Homeschool

I used to keep updating this page sharing what curriculum we are using.  It has gotten difficult because honestly, I change things up often.  I used to be down on myself because I see others be super consistent with their curriculum, and I just don’t do that.  I thought I was a failure… I’m learning that we are all different.

Instead, I have decided to just share our philosophy and a bit about what we do/use, but not share super detailed curriculum choices since this changes based on the season we are in (literally and figuratively).

We have adopted the “Wild + Free” philosophy in our homeschool and in our life.

The Wild + Free website says:

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It says nothing about methods, educational philosophies, or a certain way to homeschool. It just shares about giving our children a quality education (whatever that means for our own family) and to let our kids be kids (in whatever way works for our family).

I was so thrilled to learn about this “movement.”  I have struggled so much with what our homeschooling should look like based on all of the educational methods out there (and my experience as a teacher in a classroom), and it took me so long to realize that it’s okay to incorporate many into our homeschool.  It’s okay if our homeschool is 100% unique to our unique family.

I have learned so much this past year about who I am and what our family goals are.  I have learned that it’s totally okay to let go of the idea that it has to be streamlined.  In fact, in my opinion, that isn’t the best at giving a quality education.  At least for us.  We definitely use some curriculum, but I also incorporate my own education and experience into our homeschool.  And many other things!

Here’s how the Wild + Free mission fits into our homeschool and family:

We incorporate much of the Charlotte Mason and Classical philosophy by doing copywork and dictation, narration, read aloud, and nature journaling.

We incorporate a lot of Brave Writer lifestyle.  We do Poetry Teatime often.  We use the novel studies complete with copywork/dictation passages, grammar, spelling, and studying literature.

Copywork and dictation are amazing ways to teach grammar and spelling in context.  They learn so much through this.

I often make things up to do and that’s fun!  Sometimes I use something as a spine and work with that.

The kids have a certain amount of time that they are allowed on electronics (very little these days!).  Sometimes they get kicked outside, sometimes they don’t.  They play with friends every day.

We live on 1400 acres with lots of trails and haven’t been super consistent with nature walks these days, but I plan to make it happen.  They are studying nature using Nature Anatomy also.

We play games as a family (and with others) and have movie nights all the time.

I let the kids read some books that some would consider “twaddle” (a Charlotte Mason term) because I just want them reading.  Ethan hates reading, so I allow him to read what he wants most of the time.  But I do incorporate a lot of quality literature as well!

We love to travel and go camping.  We never stay in a hotel, really… we just camp!

We cook and bake together.  Because of this, the kids have learned how to follow recipes and do these things alone.  I try to focus on natural and homemade as much as I can.

We try to live simply in everything that we do.

We keep things organized, yet relaxed.