What Is Your Homeschool Style?

Do you know what your homeschool style is?

I recently was asked what style we follow, and as usual I had a hard time answering this. I know that we take a literature approach for the majority of our work, but like many homeschoolers we fluctuate our method depending on the situation. If I had to pick a style to label our family I would say we follow the Charlotte Mason style and supplement with unit studies. I thought it would be fun to take an online quiz to see how well I know myself and our style. After a quick Google search I found this quiz, and it I think it is pretty accurate (at least for me).

My Results:
Score for Charlotte Mason: 17
Score for Classical Education: 17
Score for Montessori Education: 15
Score for Project-Based Learning: 0
Score for Reggio-Inspired: 12
Score for Thomas Jefferson Education: 14
Score for Traditional Education: -3
Score for Unit Studies Approach: 17
Score for Unschooling Approach: 6
Score for Waldorf Education: 8

As you can see my top three styles were Charlotte Mason, Classical Education, and Unit Studies Approach. I have never considered myself a classical educator, but after seeing my results and thinking about it I realized it is true to an extent. As with any method we make any adjustments necessary to keep our children’s education strictly secular. Do you know your homeschooling style? Head on over to Eclectic Homeschooling and take the quiz today! I would love to see your top three and if you think they truly fit your style.

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Social Media Recipe

Have you heard of IFTTT?

When I decided to start blogging again my husband told me about this amazing program that helps you “do more with less effort”! In the past I would go to each social media site I wanted to share my blog post on and make a new post. IFTTT allows me to simply write a blog post, and then it shares it to all the social media accounts I requested.

Setting this program up can take a little bit of time because you have to find the correct “applets” to complete the tasks you want, but I promise it is worth it in the end. I can’t even begin to tell you how much time this has saved me since figuring out the correct “recipe”! With the help of my husband we came up with the following recipe:

As you can see I have set it up for my Instagram posts to automatically be shared to my Facebook Page and Twitter, Youtube shares to my WordPress blog, and my WordPress blog shares to Reddit, Pinterest, Google+, Blogger, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. This recipe may not work for everyone, but it is working perfectly for me. The time I was wasting sharing my posts on all my accounts can now be spent replying to comments and following my favorite bloggers. If you need further assistance with IFTTT try researching “IFTTT guides”, and you will find numerous step-by-step instructions.

Have you found any shortcuts to help you on your blogging journey?

I would love to hear what everyone else is doing!

Homeschooling When Life Gets Tough

The reality of homeschooling is that sometimes LIFE gets in the way…

Illnesses overtake your home, loved ones pass away, schedules change, etc. yet we have to figure out how to continue school. After our first year of homeschooling I started purchasing some materials that my children can do on their own during these situations. Our first investment was Rosetta Stone. I purchased all five levels of German and my children have been using it off and on since our second year. This year we made the transition from Singapore Math to Teaching Textbooks. I cannot even begin to explain how much stress Teaching Textbooks has taken off of my shoulders. I love that my children can log onto their accounts and do their math no matter what is going on in our lives!

We also use audiobooks, documentaries, learning apps, and educational websites to help carry us through the tough times in life. Our local library has a wonderful selection of audiobooks, and we just signed up for a free trial with Audible. Although I prefer to do the reading myself, it is nice being able to turn on an audiobook sometimes.

This past year I swear we caught every illness that was going around. We spent many afternoons snuggled up watching Netflix. I was surprised how many good documentaries they have to offer. I really enjoyed Planet Earth and Blue Planet: Natural History of the Oceans. My children also binge watched Brain Games and The Magic School Bus.

By far my favorite resource would have to be Khan Academy. We use Khan Academy all the time for help when my children are struggling with something, but during our tough times I will tell the children to go online and work for a set amount of time. They all love being able to do this because it is a change from their normal materials. My oldest son discovered the “computer programming” section, and loves being able to make his own games.

Something new we added this year was watching SciShow and SciShow Kids channels. I allow my children to choose any video from these channels to watch. After they watch the video they have to send me an email with the video link and a summary of the selection. I originally assigned Kenten and Julia to do this one day when I was sick, but after reading their great summaries I made it part of our regular school week. They had to submit two SciShow summaries a week. We learned all kinds of unique things this year, and as an added bonus Kenten and Julia got a lot of extra writing practice.

At the end of the day your homeschool might not always look how you expected, but your children will continue to learn and grow. Utilize all the amazing resources out there and don’t feel bad when things don’t go as planned!

What to see what curriculum we are using this year when life isn’t so crazy?

Check out my curriculum page.