Andrew and I have been married for almost 11 years. We have 3 kids; Hannah (almost 6), Ethan (almost 5) and Nathanael (just turned 1).
We spend 2 years early in our marriage teaching English in Korea and LOVED it. This was well before we had kids and it was my first introduction to teaching and learning with kids. I cannot even tell you how much I enjoyed my students and my time there.
Look aren't they adorable.
It was in Korea that the idea for homeschooling first came to me and like most things I started researching like crazy. I started out just wanting to familiarizing myself with all the different methods out of curiosity. I read everything I could get my hands on about Charlotte Mason, Classical Education, Unschooling, Unit Studies, Project Based, Montessori, Waldorf, and Eclectic Homeschooling. That's that just some of the ways to homeschooling. I soon discovered homeschooling blogs and I was able to get a feel for how actual families homeschool, what they use, and how they do it day by day.
Out of all the methods that I read about the one that resonated most with me was the Charlotte Mason approach. It is a literature-based approach to learning developed by the educator Charlotte Mason in England. Her desire was to have children educated using real books that bring the subjects alive rather than dry textbooks. Check this out if you want more of an explanation. As I was looking further into literature based homeschooling I came across the blog "Books and Bairns" and read what a real mom had to say about life and school. That is how I cam across the company Sonlight. I ordered their catalog the year Hannah was born and for the next several years I just poured over it until I virtually had it memorized. I love the books they pick for each core and how easy it is to use with multiple children.
Hannah reading one of our P3/4 books.
I'm always a little hesitant to recommend anything to other homeschooling families or people thinking about it because what works for my family won't necessarily work for another family. Sonlight fits our family and we LOVE it.
Pulling out our new books for the year P4/5.
I love that the schedule/lesson plans are virtually open and go. I spend less than an hour on Sunday running through the weeks materials. Now I add to our week because I enjoy it and so do the kids. I like to tweak things and make it my own. We add in our own math, printing practice, and art.
One weeks schedule.
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