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It’s a new school year!
I am so excited to, once again, be participating in the fantastic online community: The Virtual Homeschool Co-op. This is a YouTube channel (and now a blog) where community members are assigned a question every week. They answer that question about their homeschool and share that information online. This can be in the form of a YouTube video or in a blog post. Every Tuesday, we are linking up! You should totally consider joining, too! It’s free! Plus! If you don’t want to make videos or blog posts, but you are interested in learning about how other families homeschool, the Virtual Homeschool Co-op has all of this information in one place for your convenience. We hope it will be a help and an encouragement to you.
This is the first assignment for the 2016-2017 school year: “Is Your Homeschool Structured or Relaxed?” We were supposed to answer this question in terms of our curriculum, our schedule, and our classroom.
Let me share a little bit with you about how I responded…
When it comes to curriculum, I gave myself a score of 3 or 4 (closer to the relaxed end). The reason why I lean this way is because I don’t feel like I need a particular curriculum or style of curriculum in order to homeschool. I have used a number of different books and curriculum over the years. The truth is, they all do the job if you are consistent. I do have a few that I really love. You can check out my video from last year’s Virtual Homeschool Co-op called, “What is Your Favorite Homeschool Book Ever” if you want to hear about my all-time favorites (*hint* There’s more than one. I linked a couple below).
When it comes to scheduling, I gave myself two scores. For me, as a homeschooling parent, I gave myself a 4 (again, leaning toward the relaxed side). On the other hand, I have given our homeschool for this year a 7 or 8 (more structured) because Briana has required more structure than I am usually inclined to provide. We actually bought a planner to help support her preferred structure style. (I linked to a similar planner below if you want to check hers out.) Of course, I talk a lot about how I schedule and don’t schedule in other blog posts. Check out this one called, “7 Things I Am Glad I Didn’t Do As a Homeschool Mom.” In that post, I talk about how I DON’T DO EVERY LESSON IN THE BOOK. Yes. It’s true.
In terms of our space, I gave us a score of 5. We balance relaxed and structured. We don’t have a separate homeschool space, but our homeschool things are very organized. The only thing I really need is a dry erase board. Other than that, I can get by at the kitchen table.
You can check out my video response here:
Overall, I consider myself to be a very relaxed homeschooler. I try to be flexible, and I can be. I only have one child left in my home being schooled, and I have a number of years experience behind me. In my opinion, the more children you have and the newer you are, the more you need structure in order to make things happen.
What about you? Are you structured or relaxed? Let me know in the comments. I would love to hear about your homeschool!
That’s all for this week. Make sure you come back next week to see my response to next week’s Virtual Homeschool Co-op Assignment. Looking forward to an amazing homeschool year with you all! Thanks for stopping by The Fundamental Home!