One of the things that we love about "homeschooling" is that we can mold and adapt the school year to fit our family. We've had a great first month of schooling yet some of the things (and structure) just wasn't seeming to work for us.
I decided to have an interview, if you will, with the children to see what they thought was working and what wasn't. Basically, what things they like and don't.
Looks like unschooling was a better option for us. We are beginning again!! I am excited.
They all voted that when we were flying by the seat of our pants (so to speak) it was much more interested. So many of those things were what they missed now.
Here are 10 Reasons We Are Going Back To Unschooling:
1.) It was more fun. We were all excited to see what "school" became for us each day. You never knew what we would discover.
2.) We spent more time browsing the books together that got to be read and less time with mommy dictating.
3.) Art was a part of our life. Art Journaling, family drawing time, music.
4.) Freedom: No schedule to stick to. No stress over something that is left undone.
5.) Adventures/Relationship: Lessons end up sticking with them. When they choose a passion, a topic to learn more about, they form a relationship with it and remember it much better than memorizing content.
6.) Mommy was more "yes" focused. I admit it, I'm usually a glass half empty kind of gal. For some reason when the pressure of school is lifted, I'm able to see, to play better and teach in the more natural way. Guess it's the hidden hippie within me.
7.) More outdoor time. Mountain biking, hula hooping, playing. Play leads to learning for us.
8.) Traveling. We are all about travel, adventure, journeys. With unschooling we feel more open with our days. Why not hop in the car and spend a few days in the mountains?
9.) Kids miss and loved going to work with daddy and not having to worry about checking off a list of subjects. They miss these family memories that were made one on one.
10.) It's what works best for our family. Perhaps another way of homeschooling is working for you. I'm not saying that you need to make this same change. This is simply what works for us.