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Homeschooling

We are basically eccentric … umm, I mean eclectic, secular homeschoolers. My kids started learning at home full-time 7 years ago. My oldest had been in public school for 4 years, and I felt I’d spent a great deal of time and energy trying to fit her into the system (shouldn’t the education fit the child, not the other way around?) I’m a big believer in freedom of choice in education. I’ve seen many children thrive in public or private schools, and it fits some families’ needs beautifully. Others, not so much.

I have been inspired by Charlotte Mason, Thomas Jefferson Ed., my radical unschooler friends, the Five in a Row curriculum, Montessori, and many other things. I don’t really have an educational philosophy; it’s a full time job trying to wrap my mind — and my life — around the needs of my three kids who are at very different ages and developmental stages and vary tremendously in their needs and learning styles. At the moment, my high schooler feels her education has been too “irregular” and needs a lot more structure and guidance. I have a six-year-old who thrives on learning through life (it would be a shame to introduce curricula — it would just gum up the works), and a tween boy who falls somewhere in the middle. Our family also has a bit of Asperger’s Syndrome in the mix (didn’t Temple Grandin say that sometimes provides a dash of brilliance? šŸ™‚ ) We’re working with an RDI consultant on things like flexibility, perspective taking, and collaborating effectively with others.

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