Though the last two are published by a religious organization, they are being used at my son's public school/co-op, so I think they would work for both religious and non-religious families. Reading the samples, they seem like good curriculum. I definitely like how the Story of the World is chronological. i also really appreciate how the Math U See helps kids understand math, rather than just regurgitate it. To do math well, they really need to understand the logic of it. If they don't, they'll be like me and somehow manage to make it through Trigonometry without actually understanding how algebra WORKS!
As I mentioned, this is my son's first year, so I don't have any actual experience with these curriculum, but they might be good to look at if you haven't already encountered them.
I've been homeschooling for 10 years. My 16 year old daughter is starting college this year. My son has an IEP, so I have to teach teo extreme sides of the spectrum. I've tried a few curriculums but found that customized ones work best.
The first year or two of homeschool can be very difficult. Learn about teaching if you can. Otherwise, look for co ops and mentors. YouTube has so many great instructional videos. Kahn Academy is one of my favorite YouTube channels. There is just too much to choose from.
Hello there! I am glad to find like-minded permaculture/homeschooling community!
We are not homeschooling yet, although the plan is to start fall 2021 with 7 and 12 y.o.
Our philosophy closely intertwines with Waldorf school curriculum, but after being with the school for almost 20 years (our 24 and 22 y. o. went through it and now graduated from colleges) I see some areas that I feel could be well integrated with permaculture approach (although specifically through that school I learned about permaculture almost 10 years ago in my son's high school where they had a study of it and my son brought me a book Permaculture in a Nutshell and said, "Mom, you will like that book!". And I did!
Now, with distance learning (due to Covid), it is like a transition to homeschool which we were planning to make after we finish our tiny house/shed to move onto the land anyway.
My questions are:
1. how to make that connection of any online or book based HS education with Permaculture smoother and
2. how to bring more well rounded approach to the world that is not western-centric but brings knowledge about asian cultures, herbs/plants, philosophy, community, architecture, etc
I am from Siberia (Novosibirsk) and this part is considered to be "Asian" part of Russia even though our brain was being influenced by Western ideals. Now, I think we need to reevaluate world's wisdoms and bring more caring and sustainable ways to our children.
Thank you and I look forward to conversation!
1. For 10 years, I was the local school's resource teacher for the 1-2 dozen children doing home-based learning in my small community. Most of the parents and I believed that Life is the best curriculum and Nature is the best teacher. Here's our old blog: https://spring-leaves-family-learning.blogspot.com
Enjoy! And know that, because of the climate / oceans / biodiversity emergency, the most important curriculum for young people right now is learning how to grow their own food, build their own soil, collect their own rainwater, and generate their own energy (sounds like permaculture!) -- all things they can be learning along with their parents and/or teachers. Everything else in a more academic curriculum now needs to be in service to the Earth, the Future, and the Children ... of All Species ... and that includes reading, writing, and numeracy.
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