Homeschooling from Scratch

Once upon a time, long, long ago, I didn’t even know homeschooling was a thing. My beloved husband had been talking about all the things I could do when my four and a half year old daughter finally went to Kindergarten, and I was getting more and more uneasy, till one day, I just exploded. “SHE’S NOT GOING TO KINDERGARTEN!”

He looked at me blankly. “What do you mean?!”

“I don’t know,” I said more calmly, “but she’s not going to kindergarten.”

The next weekend, he was talking with the guys in his men’s group. He came home and said, “Wade homeschools.”

Aha! Homeschool! It had a name! And so that’s what we did. We started off using the curriculum Wade’s family used, but it was not a good fit for us. It had some strong anti-Catholic biases that just rubbed my newly-converted heart the wrong way. So we moved onto a Catholic program. Lots of the recommended courses, though, didn’t fit us any better than our first program, and I gradually found materials we liked better, till all we were really doing from that curriculum was the history.

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Lately, even that has become a problem, as certain things we think are important aren’t covered, and what is continues to use children’s literature, instead of letting our grown up kids read about grown up life and all the ugliness and beauty that it entails.  A deeper kind of study leads to moral questions, and pondering moral questions leads to wisdom.

Wisdom is good. 🙂

So, even though I already have one high school graduate, a second child who will be a senior next year, and a third who’ll be a sophomore, I’m revamping our whole history curriculum, from fifth grade though high school graduation.

Which means, of course, new books.

Fortunately, I just love shopping for books.

Unfortunately, I think I will never own enough bookshelves.  But that’s probably not a bad problem to have. 🙂

Have you been brave enough to develop your own curriculum for your kids?  How has that worked out for you?  And for them?


4 Comment

  1. Charity says:

    No, there will never be enough bookshelves … but what’s a home without book-stacks?

    1. They make nice end tables. 🙂

    2. Have you ever read C.S. Lewis (can’t remember what book it’s from) describing his childhood home? Something about books downstairs, books in the halls, books on the landing, books in the attics, books upstairs, some on shelves and some not.

    3. I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t read any C.S. Lewis besides the Narnia series.

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