Isn’t that why some of us started homeschooling or keep homeschooling?
Being able to make changes that fit your family, child and lifestyle?
A mom shared with me that they travel extended periods of time with her husband whose work sends him all over the southeastern part of the country. She has made several changes in curriculum due to their lifestyle. They take advantage of what the area they are in at the time has to offer in museums, nature, culture & more.
I talked to a mom the other day that had used a particular curriculum for several of her children, but it just was not working for her son. She was looking into something that would be beneficial to him. Meanwhile she was going to keep using the curriculum that was working for her other children.
Some families are homeschooling due to health, mental or emotional issues with child. There is a myriad of homeschool curriculum available, written for students who need curriculum that caters to their learning style.
Sometimes that takes a few attempts, but a good fit can be found. Keep looking!
Families who need to adjust homeschooling to fit their life can mean many things. I think of people who have family businesses that the children help with and learn from. For us it meant we started a few classes only in the fall, as Dylan was helping his dad who is a building contractor. Then we added the rest and worked hard in the winter months when there was more time to get everything done.
Second Harvest Curriculum recently sponsored a Podcast on www.vintagehomeschoolmoms.com, the Ultimate Radio Homeschool Network on changing teaching methods titled “Help! I want to change my teaching method”. Check out Felice’s experiences with changing teaching methods in her homeschool career. Changing teaching methods might help simplify your life and save the sanity of all. Google “education style quiz” or something similar, there are sites that ask questions to help you find your style and then they show different method suggestions. We have a version on our site that is a little older but has the same concepts.
Sometimes the seemingly simplest change can do wonders for all. Change does not have to mean “big”. It does not always mean our children have to make the changes. It can mean a change in attitude and expectations for the parent. Most days that was enough for us. I also found that other days, I was part of the problem and not the solution. Whatever changes you make, you can always change again or back. Sometimes we have to make changes to see that, maybe it was working great the way it was.
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I have been around the homeschool realm for many years and there have been so many changes. There is a lot more information that can be easily accessed via the internet, homeschoolers with a lot more experience that are willing to share & an abundance of homeschool curriculum.
We homeschooled for 4 years, 8th grade thru 12th grade with a year off for 10th grade in public school. Before that Dylan had gone to a country school which was awesome.
I had been around homeschoolers for about 10 years, watching and asking a lot of questions in case we decided to take the plunge into homeschooling.
Several friends had solutions to all of my reasons (excuses) for not homeschooling. Two friends were single moms with 1 daughter each. Watching them work, homeschool and live life was amazing.
Another friend brought me a big box of books & tapes. That was a treasure to have a place to start, from there we added more. Solutions from these & more friends by example, encouragement & supplies helped us start & continue.
In today’s homeschool world there are many blogs by homeschool moms & dads, forums, Facebook pages, podcasts & magazines to name a few ways to find the solutions you are looking for.
My son was not necessarily interested in the great ideas I was finding. Some days my enthusiasm was way over what his was for things to do. That made for some tension in our home. Our solution was to let him pick out some of the online videos or documentaries & to add a few subjects that were interesting to him. Some to do at his own pace & others to incorporate with our regular school work. It really was amazing how well that worked & sometimes he picked things to learn that was at a much higher level than I thought he could do.
Second Harvest Curriculum is a way for me to pass on solutions that I have learned by my own experiences & from the homeschool moms & dads that I get to talk to each day. I am so grateful that they are willing to share with me so that I can learn & pass it on.
There is so much great homeschool curriculum available. Usedhomeschoolbooks.com has over 40 different publishers on our catalog page.
Our most popular curriculums are Abeka and Bob Jones. These have all grades & all subjects. Some families use some of each & others add in specific curriculums like Apologia, Answers in Genesis and Math U See.
In all areas of homeschooling it is so great to have choices & solutions!
Health is a good subject to add this time of year. Abeka has a Health curriculum for grades 1st-6th grade. Abeka also has 9th grade Health in Christian Perspective. This can be used for grades 9th-12th.
Second Harvest Curriculum has the current and previous editions of Abeka Health in all these grades including texts, teacher editions, keys and tests.
Horizons curriculum has Health books for grades K-8th. Horizons curriculum is a teacher led curriculum that takes your child from the very basics of health to developing life skills. Horizons also has a Physical Education curriculum for grade Pre-K-2nd grade and 9th-12th grade. Check our Horizons catalog page and our Deal of the Day page.