I think it’s about time I wrote a homeschool update, I always seem to be changing the way I home educate, we are always learning what things work for us and what things don’t, it’s constantly evolving. A while back I bought a curriculum for the first time, I’d spent months researching which curriculum would be best for our family and I thought I’d found the answer.
A Waldorf education had always been something I was very drawn to so I bought the Earthschooling curriculum. I bought the lifetime family package which meant I could use it for my preschoolers right up to 18 years of age. For a couple of months, we used it exclusively but then I found it just didn’t seem enough and we began to miss all the books we’d been reading when we had been following the Ambleside online curriculum which is a Charlotte Mason method of education.
Pick ‘n’ mix
The great thing about homeschooling is you can try all different approaches and even pick and choose the best of each of the methods of educating that appeal to you and that’s exactly what I have been doing. Now we still follow the lessons in the Earthschooling curriculum which we find we can usually do in less than two hours. I also have a print out of the Ambleside online curriculum and we also read most of the books on there too.
The children usually work in twos or threes, the eldest can mostly do their work without my help so I just do lessons with my 6, 8 and 12 year old children. My 1 and 4 year olds spend their days playing, my 14 and 16 year olds are very independent learners and don’t need my help very often, as they are capable of finding out most things by themselves.
Learning from nature
If you know anything about Charlotte Mason and Waldorf you will know that the two have many similarities and work very well alongside one another. Both have a great appreciation for nature which is something very close to my heart, our education is taught in harmony with the seasons and that way the children can learn so much naturally just by observing their surroundings.
Charlotte Mason was Welsh and the Waldorf method was developed by Rudolf Steiner who was Austrian so I feel these European methods of education are very suitable for us. I really like to keep things as traditional as I can, I appreciate how wise our ancestors were. Just as I like to keep our education in harmony with the seasons, I also like to keep our education in harmony with our roots and location in the world. I think it’s important for everybody to be proud of their ancestors and where they came from. How can you truly like yourself if you’re unsure of who you are or you aren’t proud of the people who made your life possible?
History is changing
They say history is written by the victors and that is certainly true. True history is so difficult to find, history is constantly being rewritten by the people that are currently the most powerful, so much of what we learn is false and only used to make certain groups of people feel guilty. This is a subject I am so passionate about and both my children and I love to study the oldest bits of literature we can get our hands on. I feel like the older it is, the more authentic and untainted it is so we spend much of our time reading and discussing what we have learned. Many people have this false notion that our ancestors were not as clever as we are today but the more I learn the more I know that it is us today that are the ones that are not so clever, we can learn much from them.
Our family is extremely creative and homeschooling allows us to have plenty of time to indulge in our hobbies. My children have been able to develop skills well beyond their years because they haven’t been stuck in a school for seven or so hours a day. Our days nearly always involve painting, drawing, sewing, baking, playing musical instruments and a whole myriad of other artistic endeavours. I am so pleased to have made the decision to home educate otherwise my children might never have found the time to discover what they truly enjoy let alone had the time to practise it.
This post is already quite long so I will save the details of the books we are using for my next homeschool update!
I would love to answer any questions you may have regarding our homeschooling so please feel free to ask away in the comments section below. Also, I am always posting updates on Instagram. I previously wrote about our homeschool morning routine so you can read that if you want to get a feel of what our mornings look like.
Thank you so much for reading.