This year I wanted to try something a little different with the Oh Waily kids. I gave the idea of letting them loose a go and taking a more unschooling route at the end of last year. Unfortunately I’ve found that doesn’t fit me, or produce engaged and curious kids – for my kids – over the time we relaxed our approach. There was just a bit too much screen time and a bit too much single focus on one interest (but not in a creative way) for me to let it go on through this year. In fairness, I still think following your passions is a great thing and I will definitely be encouraging them to do so, but as a part of their home ed journey – not their only part. As it turned out in Master Oh’s case it was clear that screen time was not an ideal match for his personality, so “Hell-lo, Eclectic Home Ed. We’re baaaaack!”
In addition to returning to our eclectic ways, I’ve also decided to shake up what and how often we spend on different learning areas. We’re going to be mixing and matching things, but essentially I’m going to see if a Charlotte Mason (secular version) approach is a good fit for all of us. With that in mind, I’ve decided to try out the Build Your Library curriculum and see how it goes.
I’ve chosen Grade 1; it’ll be just about right for Master Oh and a bit simple for Miss Oh, but I wanted to give a single grade a trial first to see if we liked it. I will probably weave in our existing History Odyssey and RSO curriculums too as the year goes on. One note though… it is likely to leave quite the dent in the bank balance with book buying, although with my love for Book Depository that should be more pleasure than pain.
As of today, my goal for our home ed, and family life in general, is pretty simple: it’s all about re-establishing some basic routines.
The relocation to our new home is quite a big upheaval for the Oh Waily kids. Master Oh has only known living in Wellington as we moved there when he was a one year old, and of course they’ve left behind good friends. Miss Oh seems to be coping pretty well with it, but the young man is less enamoured with our move, so I want to get some rhythm to our days to help with settling in.
So that’s where we are at just now. I will try to start posting a bit more frequently, in between the last of the box clearing and reshuffling that will probably continue for the next month!
In the meantime let me leave you with a website recommendation – and the accompanying Facebook group.
If you are a secular home educator then you might want to check out the SEA Homeschoolers website. It’s been a wealth of information and interesting reading in the short time that I’ve been aware of it. The accompanying Facebook group has also been an eye-opener for what it must be like to be secular in many parts of the USA, as well as a great source of ideas and resource suggestions. I hope you find something useful and/or interesting there to help you along your home ed journey!