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Old 02-23-2013, 11:26 AM   #1
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Our oldest will be 6 in May and thus far we do not have a curriculum. We do BFIAR and I plan on getting FIAR soon. We do lots of crafts and learn about whatever they are interested in (for example we just learned all about the 5 senses), I work on basic math with them, writing and our oldest is becoming quite the little reader. I am wondering if there is anyone who has a first grader and does not use a curriculum? I do not want to be super structured but I also want my children to learn what they need and want to know. I kind of see us being a happy medium between homeschooling and unschooling...does that exist?

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I call myself a relaxed schooler. We have curricula, but use it in a relaxed manner, more as a guide, than a do x, y, z. I don't think anyone "needs" a curricula to meet their child's learning needs. It just makes it easier for some families.
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I like that, using a curriculum as a guide! I feel like that is where we are headed as they get older! thanks for your input
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Re: Unschooling vs. Homeschooling

This topic came up not too long ago and we talked a lot about how Charlotte Mason principals can work really well as an in-between for homeschool and unschool. Ambleside Online is a free CM curriculum plan with booklists and suggestions. You still need to select a math and reading program. While it is a Christian program you could easily eliminate the bible portion and make it secular. Many of the book choices have some mythical or fairy tale type stuff so I feel like it's pretty well rounded. Even more than the curriculum itself I LOVE the CM principals. We don't follow a CM curriculum but I try to implement the principals as much as possible.
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Re: Unschooling vs. Homeschooling

We are relaxed homeschoolers, and I was considering unschooling. I like some of the philosophy of unschooling, but if I'm going to be honest, I'll admit that I don't trust myself or my kids to use the time well enough. Ideally with unschooling you are continually learning and growing from experiencing new things. But I'm a little too lazy to think that would work for our family. I also need to know where we are headed, for my own peace of mind. There has to be some structure for us.

I started looking into CM and Ambleside Online and decided we're trying that next year. I'm SUPER excited about the reading list. The focus of the curriculum is so different from most, and a large part of that is with helping to mold and build their character with classic literature.

I also found a math that Im happy with. It has a totally different approach to teaching math to kids, and I'm excited to begin it with them. It's Miquon Math. Well use a little of MEP worksheets. And the rest of age appropriate math we'll practice on our own and with the use of a couple workbooks. But we don't want a workbook full of 250 sheets of addition, subtraction, clocks, coins and rulers.
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Re: Unschooling vs. Homeschooling

You sound like a child led learning type of family! We fall into the same category. My two favorite blogs for inspiration are fimby.tougas.net and mamaofletters.com
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thank you checking those out now
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Re: Unschooling vs. Homeschooling

I'm on the relaxed side and I use FIAR too. This is a happy medium for me. I love the philosophy of unschooling and I think that my oldest (almost six) would do well with it, but I needs ideas and an eclectic mix of resources gives me that. We also school year round so that we can take breaks as needed. Other than math, handwriting, and FIAR, I've only added subjects DD is interested in. For example last year she started to ask me how do you spell X,Y,Z. So I got a spelling curriculum which she has been enjoying.

The great thing about homeschooling is that you can change your approach as the needs of your family/child change. Just because you started one way at age 6 doesn't mean that at age 10 you have to do things the same way.
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We are relaxed. I drove myself crazy trying to find the perfect curriculum. Finally just let go
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nice to see I'm not the only one who is more relaxed in my curricula. =)
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