Weeks Three and Four: Things Are Getting Blurry

The line between school and life is pretty much a blurred mess around here.

As we get further along in our homeschooling year, I’ve noticed that certain things have just become a part of our routine, and no longer feel like they need to be “counted” as school.

For example, we always listen to classical music in the car. Sometimes we might try a new composer. Sometimes we might take a book out of the library about whomever we’ve been listening too. Sometimes we might want to look up details about a particular composition or instrument.

However, I wouldn’t really say we are studying classical music in our homeschool. It’s just . . . what we do.

Same with Spanish. We started out with wanting to learn some basic Spanish as part of our curriculum. We took out books and CDs from the library, we bought some Little Pim, we put up post-its with Spanish vocabulary, we started occasionally watching DVDs with Spanish subtitles on. 

But somewhere along the way it became less of a “school” thing and just something that happens.

Then I began to wonder: Could this work for, well, everything? Could history, geography, spelling, math, etc. just be what we do

I’ve become one of those crazy people who thinks everything is a learning experience!

I’m concerned, however, because soon we will be making a move from Easy To Homeschool In State With Simple, Straightforward Regulations to State That Clearly Hates Homeschoolers And Expects You To Report Your Every Move, In Advance. That may possibly be a slight exaggeration. But it’s a teensy bit overwhelming right now. (And no, not moving is not an option.)

So, what to do? Here I am, humming along, continually impressed by how much the Agents want to learn (and do learn) when I just get out of their way, but . . . ugh. Those darn regulations slip in and now I’m back to Planning Panic Mode. 

Not that I think there shouldn’t be guidelines, or a way to evaluate students. That’s all fine and dandy. However, if I wanted my “students" to follow a prescribed curriculum of specific subjects laid out in advance with particular days/times delegated as “learning” I would send them to public school.

The whole appeal of homeschooling for our family is that we can change our mind if we decide to study something and then a more interesting option presents itself. We can “do” school most days of the year instead of only 180 days of the year. We can let some subjects go (temporarily) until we are ready to delve into them.

4 comments:

  1. I'm unschooling in PA, albeit a newly transformed unschooler (we were more eclectic before). I have to keep a daily log of what we do, so I have the older kids- this is only required for 3rd grade and up- keep a journal of what they do everyday. They give it to me at night, when I read through it and categorize it into the proper subjects. Some homeschoolers only check off subjects learned, but since there is so much less seatwork aka work samples, I keep a very detailed log and take lots of pictures. I also chronicle most of what we do on my blog, so that's a great record, as well. As for the educational objectives I turn in the beginning of each school year, I keep them very general. Askpauline.com gives great examples. This website is geared towards Pennsylvanians, but I'm sure you could apply much of it to a state with similar homeschool laws. I hope this helps!

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    1. Thanks so much. I will check out Askpauline as well.

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  2. I'm lucky to live in a state that doesn't regulate much. It's nice to have the freedom from oversight, but it's also nice to have a curriculum to give us some direction (although I'll be the first to admit we bird walk a bit!).

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  3. Nice to meet you! It's is such a great honor to meet other military spouse as me. I see you have been in Italy. We are stationed in Germany and we are ready to hit to the States. As you I have the rewarding experience of been in many places! Take care and I would love to read more about your blog.

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