MrLivingOurWay and I have many different opinions when it comes to education. We always have. When we were both working and we had to put our daughter in a new daycare due to a move, we visited a lot of centers. I fell in love with one that resembled our old center in a lot of ways but also stated that play was mostly what the kids did and that they didn't really push a lot structured learning. MrLivingOurWay fell in love with a daycare that claimed to have Christian curriculum and promised to make our child a smart Christian. It didn't take us long to find out that the center felt that by claiming to be Christian, they would get more clients and were not in fact very Christian at all. We did end up switching to the center I had wanted to send her to after a few months and it was a great fit.
Now that we homeschool our kids, you can imagine that I love to let our children explore areas of their interests (mixed with some gentle pushing towards academics and would use a more eclectic approach if I could). MrLivingOurWay loves textbooks and especially those that come with a teacher edition. For now, we balance each other out. We do use a computer based curriculum as the oldest FindingOurWay is very independent and enjoys getting her work done when she is ready rather than waiting for someone to sit down with her. This is also easier for us since we telecommute.
I still encourage her to read books that are of interest to her and she tends to soak up knowledge from other experiences too. She is constantly learning even if she's not learning from a book. I am constantly amazed by the skills that she picks up. She knows all about our chickens and how to take care of them. I am amazed at how she "takes care" of her little sister and has picked up some basic cooking skills (with lots of restrictions as you can imagine). When kids have time to explore their interests, they learn all kinds of facts and skills that wouldn't be possible if someone were to tell them what to learn every minute.
Last summer, we did some book work in Social Studies for the summer. This summer, I suspect we'll do the same with a different subject. We haven't decided on which subject yet, but I'm thinking it will involve some science experiments.
What is your style of schooling? If you have thought about homeschooling, which style would you use? What are you plans for this summer?
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