Our philosophy – Learning for Life
We desire that our children love learning. Not just schooling but learning. This idea is what directs many of our choices for the girls, alongside our belief in God and his infallible word. We want the girls to be excited about always learning more. We want them to seek out exciting and interesting things because they are drawn to them, not because it is required for a grade or a job.
This philosophy leads us to an eclectic style of learning. While I truly admire those who are solidly in one camp or another (Classical or Charlotte Mason or Unit study, etc.), it just isn’t me and it isn’t our family. Eclectic learning allows us to pick and choose or create what will fit our girls and their needs/interests best.
This is one reason we love being a part of Homeschool Review Crew. We have access to tons of products that tailor our girls’ education to who they are and where their path is leading. The variety of products we review gives our girls an introduction to a lot of ideas and activities that we would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience. This “Crew School” as we affectionately call it gives our girls a varied and unique education.
What does Learning for Life look like? We’ll cover our current specifics, what we are currently using and doing, next week. But for this week, let’s take a little look at what Learning for Life means.
We spend time talking with the girls about what their interests are and what they want to study. We then look for or create a unit to go along with that. For this year, that means a special science study for Miss J and Miss L. There is also a special history study and literature study for Miss L.
Goals and ideas get explored that are of interest to the girls and that creates a learning cycle that builds on itself. More information brings more ideas which brings more learning.
I want to encourage you to talk with your students. Ask them what is of interest to them and work forward from there. What is interesting? What do they want to know? What do they already know? What information will pique your interest? Where do we look for that? What types of learning do you want to do (books, computer, videos, activity)?
This is where we start each time we finish a unit or curriculum. We talk through what we want to do and move forward from there. Sometimes, our ideas don’t work and we have to either rework or go looking for something else. That’s okay – it’s part of Learning for Life. Learning to reassess and recreate and reattack is all part of life.
This post is part of the 2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair, hosted by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds. Tomorrow (Sunday) I will update this part of the post with the listing of all the others who are posting on the topic of their method of homeschooling.
What do my fellow homeschool bloggers have to say about their Homeschool Method? Go visit them to find out!
Note: all posts will be live after 8 am EST on Monday, Jan. 15th.
How Our Academic Co-op Completes Our Eclectic Homeschool by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
A Method to Our Madness by Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays
Finding Our Homeschool Method by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool
How We Homeschool by Amanda @ Hopkins Homeschool
Give Us…. by Annette @ A Net in Time
A day in our Home by Sarah@DeliveringGrace
Lit-Based Education: How We Homeschool by Debra @ Footprints in the Butter
Overhauling Our Homeschool – Adjusting our “How” to fit our “Why” by Sabrina Scheerer @ Kids, Crunch, and Christ
A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler: Expectation Vs. Reality by Leah @ As We Walk Along the Road
How Charlotte Mason Transformed Our Homeschool by Brittney @ Mom’s Heart
Captain’s Log, Supplemental – Our Homeschool Days by Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
How we get it done. by Kim @ Good Sweet Love
How to Organize Daily Curriculum with the School Cart by Jeniffer @ Thou Shall Not Whine
Learning For LIfe by Lori H @ At Home: where life happens
Eclectic Homeschooling: When It All Comes Together by Jen @ A Helping Hand Homeschool
A Typical Day? by Lizzy @ Peaches@Home
This is the Way We Do Our School, So Early in the Morning by Laura @ Four Little Penguins
A Little of This and a Little of That: Eclectic Homeschooling by Laura O @ Day by Day in Our World
Still Classically Educating After All These Years by True North Homeschool Academy
So what exactly is Life Led Homeschooling? by Dana @ Life Led Homeschool
The way we learn ~ 2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair by Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning
Our Homeschool Routine by Joelle @Homeschooling For His Glory
Homeschool Methods � 8 Tips for the Journey by Kristen @ Sunrise to Sunset