Saturday, February 5, 2011

Unschooling and Other Thoughts

I have been attempting to keep up with what's going on with my blog but I stay so busy with other things that there never seems to be time for that.  It's been a long week, with many thoughts involved and figuring out several things in my life.  I feel God leading me into directions I have not yet been and I know I'm fully ready to rush into them full-force.

I've recently been asked many questions dealing with homeschooling, computers and antiques.  In the past few days, I've had these things brought to my attention and being brought to my attention, I have disected what they really mean to me.  So throughout this post I will try to express my feelings on each thought and how they relate to our life.

Just today a family member asked me to help them work on selling their antiques before they pass away.  This is a sad thought but this family member is now 85 years old and knows her days are limited.  She also knows that her family has no idea the value of her personal items and they will just toss them to the side, or give them away for practically nothing if someone doesn't take care of the matter beforehand.  It's a sad fact that many people have no idea of what they hold in their hands before they simply toss it into a dumpster or hand it over to someone else to deal with.  I'm more than happy to help this lovely lady disperse of some of her most prized possessions before her last day comes.

I've had several people ask homeschooling questions, as I mentioned earlier, and this has made me rethink our own homeschooling style.  Are we Classical, Charlotte Mason styled, Relaxed, Eclectic, Unschoolers, etc?  Thinking this over, I realize we are in fact many of these things.  There are seasons in our homeschooling when we use Classical methods but mostly we are Eclectic, Relaxed homeschoolers with a bit of Unschooling mixed in. 

I prefer to allow my children to learn through many different methods.  I find this keeps them from becoming bored with their education.  We use everything from television shows, websites, video games, textbooks, worksheets, even nature's own provisions and much more to learn about every possibly imaginable subject each day.  Our school is nothing like that of a public school and is exactly as God meant it to be.  School, for us, is fun and exciting and definitely always a wonderful experience.

That said, the next few weeks bring a lot of busy-ness for us.  My oldest daughter is turning 8 soon and we must prepare for her birthday party next weekend.  She will not officially be 8 until February 17th but we are having the party a bit early.  I'm also still working on the house re-vamping and hopefully tax money will bring lots of good things for organization.  I'm hoping it will also bring some new homeschooling materials to use.  Such excitement for us all! 

I'm excited for these new things brewing in our lives.  I'm excited to have new things to enjoy and share and be a part of.  I look forward to the opportunities God is bringing into my life.  It's truly a blessing to be able to share my love and joys with others and I hope to be able to continue to do these things for a long time.

Many blessings to all!

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