So, you always said you would never homeschool, right? Well so did I and then we became a homeschool family two years ago and you just became one due the latest circumstances. While my family has done it all- all public, all homeschool and some kids in and some out. It looks like we’re back to all home-school for now.
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I don’t see myself as a super homeschool mom which is why I don't share often about our journey but I know the ropes, at least compared to when I first started! One thing I've learned is that everyone's homeschool journey looks very different. With time I've become more confident in my homeschool style which if you're curious is my own version of a Charlotte Mason style. Take a deep breath and don’t freak out. I feel pretty at ease with our school plans. My oldest and youngest already homeschool, so we’ll just work our middle child back in to the mix. Her teacher (as I’m sure your kids teacher) is working like mad to get learning packets together.
First things first, keep things simple! Outside play is a good thing and maybe this time of less structure will be a good thing, gotta look at the positives.
This has worked out wonderful for us and you can add handicrafts, science, history and even math exercises that play off of what you’re reading. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite read alouds. These are great for all ages and I think you’ll even find yourself adding some of these to your favorite book list. Most of these can easily be found at your library (sadly ours is closed for the time being and maybe yours is too) Ebay is also an amazing inexpensive resource and you might even have a few of these already sitting on your shelf.
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*All of The Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler
Milly Molly Mandy & The Milly Molly Mandy Storybook by Joyce Lancaster Brisley
The Chronicles of Narnia books by CS Lewis
The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
*My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Swiss Family Robinson by Johan David Wyss
All Margaret Henry books; our favorite is Misty of Chincoteague
*Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
The Sarah Plain and Tall series by Patricia McGlocklin
Little Women and Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
Anna Green Gable’s by LM Montgomery
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
*my top picks
So in a nut shell, this most likely is not going to be a permanent thing for you. Use this time to enjoy a less structured life, that children really thrive in and don’t often get a chance to have. Encourage play, outside if that’s possible but play none the less. Cook with them, read with them, craft with them. Learn new things together. Throw in a few worksheets that their school sent home and that's it. A couple hours a day will go a long way, just keep it basic. When it’s all said and done this is only six weeks. Maybe your kids will look back at this time fondly remembering that time when as a family they read some great books that helped shape their way of thinking (yes I believe books are a powerful thing), started some garden seeds and made some pretty epic cookie recipes. This could be an amazing 6 weeks if you let it, so make the most of it!