Monday, August 22, 2011

Beginning Homeschooling!

     Tis the start of the school year for most children and I am excited that my daughter is finally 5 so I can begin our homeschooling journey. :) I'm not purchasing a curriculum mainly because I feel they are very overpriced and un-needed in most cases. Second hand curriculum is the best way to go if you're buying it. Fortunately the internet has a plethora of resources available for free or low cost. I found a great site with all the subjects I need for her kindergarten learning, and I can use either all the lessons or just the ones I like. I feel it's a great basic guide that I can add to with whatever we like. If you'd like to check it out: Lesson Pathways.

     As we who homeschool already know, this is also the time we get told all the so called "negative" aspects of homeschooling from those who don't homeschool, and usually don't know much about it. Choosing to homeschool is a very personal choice that each family has to make for themselves. I personally couldn't care less what anyone tells me because my daughter is well socialized, she is advanced for her age, and I look forward to her being able to take college courses in high school if she wants. I love the freedom homeschooling brings for us, as well as the much more vast learning opportunities than are presented in public school. I don't want her in an environment solely focuses on standardized testing, and lacking the opportunity to advance. I want to be able to cater my daughter's education to her learning needs. I plan to do the same with future children. I think children should have an individual learning experience because it helps them learn in the ways best suited to them.

     If you have free or low cost homeschool resources to share please feel free to leave a comment! One site with a list of free homeschooling resources is: Free Homeschool Curriculum. What's great about homeschooling is you can take aspects from different programs you enjoy. Happy homeschooling! :)