There are many styles of homeschooling and many reasons to homeschool. Our style is Semi-Structured and Common Core Based. (I’ll wait while you cringe because I used the phrase “Common Core.”) It’s the dreaded phrase these days, but I’m not phased by it.
Each child learns differently and achieves milestones at different ages, but we are always curious to know where our kid stacks up with other kids his or her age. Having an idea of what is generally expected at certain ages on the grid of life helps us guide our child on their own path. Are they behind in a certain area? Are they advanced and excelling?
Great Schools has a wonderful bank of video resources for typical milestones in reading, math, and writing for children K-5.
Setting up realistic goals for our first year of homeschooling wasn’t easy.
I was overwhelmed with information at first. I had read blog after blog looking for advice, structure, and plans. The entire summer before our third-grade year I researched, looked at curriculum, read blogs, took notes… Continue reading
I wasn’t lost – but who has the map?
Full disclosure right now – I’m starting this blog a few years into our homeschool adventure. So it’s going to look like I was a hell of a lot more organized than I actually was at the time. I spent many months getting ready but truthfully I had no idea what I was doing.
It was the exact same feeling I remember from when my son was born. Continue reading