July has already made its way to us, or perhaps we to it. Mid-summer in the southeast really encourages one to take an occasional lazy day, or at least midday, in order to avoid the ridiculous heat and humidity. This coupled with lots of time doing rather brain-free tasks in the yard of late has left us with plenty of time to ponder plans for the coming year.
Grant is fully in summer mode, loving the freedom and questioning why that sort of freedom ever has to end. I realized that there was honestly no good answer to that question. This left us once again returning to the discussion on trying homeschooling. I have wanted to homeschool Grant since he was born. I admit it may be more appealing in my imagination than the reality, but I love trying new things, new approaches and time with him is never a waste in any case so it’s hard to imagine how this couldn’t be a fun and exciting experience. Grant is a straight-A student, having made it now though to the 6th grade and has never made less than 90% marks on his grade reports, so I know that it isn’t the case that he is just being lazy. When a solid and productive student like that can be so incredibly dissatisfied with what they are doing and the things they are learning it just sets warning bells off for me.
Thankfully there are more resources on homeschooling than I could use in a lifetime, so I am in no fear of running out of methods, plans and ideas. Currently we are leaning towards the “unschooling” or “Sudbury” methods. I believe he has some pretty solid interests in science and technology and that will lead us into the other necessary subjects as they become needed. He also quite the fan of fantasy literature and we have a great library to facilitate which is just a few miles down the road. I am hoping to encourage him to do both some creative writing as well as outlines and scripting for his YouTube channel. It is actually pretty exciting thinking up all of the ways we may be able to follow his interests and focus education to be very personalized.
Now this was not the intended focus of my writing when I began this, but then my focus shifts like the wind in regards to what I feel up to sharing. I’ll be sure to share anything that we run across that seems amazing enough to be duplicated and of course I may mention our progress in passing or perhaps regularly, according to how interesting it seems.
In any case I have to give a link (that is like a digital shout-out) to the two pages that are acting like hub-worlds for my research and planning:
This is the cover school that we chose to use. They cover anywhere in Alabama and allow complete curriculum flexibility. They also provide a massive list of links for great homeschooling information and inexpensive/free material. This was the list that actually led me toward the unschooling information which I really was not even aware of until about a month ago.
This page is actually a blog written primarily by a mother of several homeschooled children. They have been unschooling for several years and it was great to see how that process unfolded for them as it gives me some insight as to what to expect. As a bonus she does vlogs and a podcast and being Australian, she has a pretty awesome accent.
If any of you, my dear readers, know of any other great resources be sure to leave me a comment and let me know. Wish us luck!