Over the years I’ve tried a wide variety of styles of home education. We’ve been structured, used bits of curriculum, tried out Montessori, unschooled, gone childled.
And nothing has really worked for any length of time. Which is why we keep changing. I’d love to be able to unschool, but it really really doesn’t work for us. And I thought that when I’d tried structure (we’ve had ticklists, a box of activities, all sorts of things) that that was a problem too, but it turns out that actually I hadn’t been specific enough, rather than being too prescriptive.
How did I find this out? Well, the other day, Small really pushed me. And to avoid losing my cool at him, and to keep him out of further mischief for the rest of the day, I wrote him out a really detailed list of what I wanted him to do. I expected a fight back, but instead, he completed everything without a single complaint. And when I asked why that had been (especially as it had been way more comprehensive and longer than a normal home ed day for him!) it turned out that previous lists had been too waffly or generic – so I’d put on reading, english, maths, whereas with this one I’d put on English book p38 – so he didn’t have to figure out what to do, he just did it.
Knock me down with a feather. So it looks like I’m going to have to up my game a little and do him a list a day each week, with clearly specified requirements each day. I’m not really going to enjoy it much, as it’s not how I envisaged home education, but if it’s what works for him, it’s what works for him. And it means that in the future we can build towards online learning for qualifications, and I’ll know how to manage that too.
So, has anyone got any preferred curriculum sites to build my weekly/ daily plans from? 😉