Guest Blogger: Gypsy Road

There are as many different homeschooling styles as there are
homeschooling families.  This is our
story…  (Psst…If you’re new to
homeschooling, look for information on the different styles throughout this
text.)
 
We use traditional
math and grammar curriculum, because we feel that backbone is important.
  Another strong base, the Song School
Latin
 program, is the foreign language we have selected to
teach them.
  Does this mean we ascribe to
the
Classical methods?  Hm.  Partially, but not really.

 

We may use curriculum as the backbone of our school, but it
is the unit studies that make it memorable and fun.  In this way, we are
more of Charlotte Mason, Unit Studies, or Waldorf schoolers…and somedays, it’s
just plain Unschooling all the way.
 
First, decide what matters most to your family, or where the
focus will lie.  My husband and I are both into geography and history, so
that’s what we chose.  I create units based on our current location (we
travel frequently with his job)
and our at-home studies are one to two-week
units on subjects that the kids choose.  This is how we end up doing
seemingly random units on 
Ancient Asia (Lego Ninjago) and Scandinavia (doesn’t everyone think Vikings are cool?).
Engaging and hands-on learning is an integral part of our
units.  Some of our favorite resources include
:
·
We Were There books
– Easy to read and provide exciting, entertaining stories, based upon true
historic events. Though written simply enough for young readers, they make
interesting reading for boys and girls well into their teens.”
·
Little Passports –
Help to reinforce world geography lessons.  Little Passports covers either
US or World geography (depending on your package), and includes activities,
stickers, a toy / art project, and a letter each month from a different state /
country.  (For example, the United Kingdom kit came with a
double-decker bus to build.)
 
·        
The Young Scientists
Club
 (monthly science kits) and the Science Labs (four
school-bus options with 25-30 experiments in each) are great hands-on learning
experiences.  They are well-made kits with reusable pieces, and a good
investment if you have multiple children that will be replicating the
experiments.
·
Jim Weiss audiobooks –
An entire line based on classic books.  Many are available at our local
library.
If you’re not in the mood, or don’t have the time, to pull
together units, many of my posts have links to the books, movies, lapbooks, etc
that we use for each unit.  You can find a complete list on oursite. Feel free to take advantage of these and use whatever you can. 
 
I also want to mention the Enchanted Homeschooling Mom.
Her home-business is the development of curricula, and she’s very good at
it!  For $15, you get lifetime access to everything that she EVER
creates.
  Currently, she has about ten
full-year curricula and several short units.

There are many freebies, such as this one on Knights &
Castles
, for you to assess her work.
 
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Yvie is a road-schooling mother of two active boys!  When she’s not traipsing across the country, she writes curriculum, enjoys gardening, and runs a lot!  Find her at Gypsy Road, Educents, or on Facebook.
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