Simplicity Equals Consistency
As a brand new homeschooler I had big pictures of grandeur in my head of what our homeschool should look like. I imagined a house perfectly put together and boys hovering around me begging to learn.
I cannot tell you the money I have spent over the years trying different homeschool curriculum. We’ve run the gamut from literature based to textbook, Charlotte Mason to Relaxed homeschooling and everything in between.
Do you know what I’ve found to be true? My boys do better when “I” keep it simple. I’ve found I don’t have to work harder, just smarter.
Our Top Three Programs:
Five In A Row
Five In A Row takes less than 30 minutes a day, I read a loud a children’s book and we pull out basic subjects from our daily reading. It draws our hearts together as we fill our minds.
Time4Learning is an online interactive program that uses strong interactive graphics and online record keeping. It allows my children to work independently while keeping them interested so I can do the important things around my house.
A.C.E. is a work text program that has short sections of reading with questions and answers written directly into the book. This program teaches my children from a christian perspective while offering independence and strong comprehension skills.
Though I loved the idea of the big programs out there, I personally found I could not be consistent. The truth is big moments of greatness will never net me the results that consistent moments of simplicity do.
Late Bloomer Or Learning Disability?
Do you have a child that struggles to understand basic concepts? Have you ever wondered what’s going on?
When my oldest son was 7 years old we pulled him out of public school to homeschool him. His teacher had come to me halfway through his Kindergarten year and told me that he was struggling to master his letters and letter sounds. I was stunned? I thought he was doing fine with his homework. So I did what any mama would do, I ordered a phonics program off an infomercial.
In just four days, working 15 minutes per day, he learned all of his letter and letter sounds and began blending them. We were thrilled and thus began our home education journey.
However, we kept noticing that he was getting stuck and struggling to get out of the starting gate. After three years our pediatrician finally gave us a referral to our local children’s hospital for an evaluation and this precious boy of mine was diagnosed with Central Auditory Processing Disorder.
If I could go back and do it again, I would have pushed sooner for that evaluation. I was following the advice of others and harboring hope that my son was simply a late bloomer. The one good thing is that we decided to homeschool him. I have found this child of mine thrives when working one on one.