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How We Deschool

Deschooling is to abolish or phase out traditional schools from, so as to replace them with alternative methods and forms of education(Dictionary)

When we began to research homeschooling methods and terminology, it was definitely apparent that we needed to deschool. While my youngest (2) will have the benefits of being homeschooled from the very beginning, my oldest (6) has already attended pre-k and kindergarten in the public school setting. One of the most appealing things about homeschooling is the flexibility. We don’t have to sit at a table or desk for 8 + hours to really learn something. And one thing I want to be sure of is that I’m not trying to replicate school at home. I’ve read article after article and blog after blog on how detrimental having “school at home” can be.

Our methods to deschool have been so simple. While I hate to say it because it sounds a bit cliché, playing is the best form of learning when dealing with elementary aged kids. These are a few of the fun, but educational, things we’ve been up to to deschool and prepare for our first actual homeschool year!

  • Math:Counting, adding, and subtracting toys
  • – how to still get math in without starting an actual curriculum? Let your kids play, ask how many dolls, trucks etc they have if you take ___ away. It’s simple and my youngest still kinda gets a lesson in just listening and playing nearby or with us!
    • Science: Helping cook, making slime, melting ice, boiling eggs

    -my oldest loves to help me cook. Following a recipe helps with starting to look at measurements. Making slime has been something my daughter has been super interested in. It helps with measuring again but also the fun of seeing how the ingredients change from liquid to slime has been interesting to explain! Melting ice and boiling eggs also show how the elements can change based on temperature, and the kids love boiled eggs so it makes for a good snack after.

    • Reading: library and read alouds
  • -pretty self explanatory. We go to the library weekly to play and read and check out new books. Every night I read a chapter from whatever book we are reading to my oldest. We are currently reading Animal Ark book series. My son picks up books throughout the day and asks me to read to him. So everyone gets some reading in.
    • Character building: Bible + real life

    – right now we are reading through a children’s devotional that I try my best to read daily to them. We also try to pick books that send a message. We are also getting a little real life lessons from helping my dad around the house while he recovers from a leg injury.

    • Responsibilities: Chores
  • – I’m in the process of setting up weekly and daily age appropriate chores for the babies, but for now my daughter is in charge of feeding the cat and my son is helping with cleaning up throughout the day.
  • We are set to start our school year September 4th so we still have quite a bit of deschooling ahead of us. We will continue to learn through play and just slowly incorporate our actual curriculum, Easy Peasy All-In-One Homeschool, closer to our start date. Until then, fun learning!
  • How has your family deschooled? Or, do you just jump into the school year?
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    Why I chose Easy Peasy All in One Online Homeschool Curriculum

    As you know, making the decision to homeschool was not an easy task for me. But we decided overall that homeschooling would be best for our family at this season of our lives. Having officially made that decision, aside from getting familiar with our states homeschool laws the next step was to start picking out curriculum. In my last homeschool post, you can read here, I stated that I’d be building my own curriculum and teaching that way. Boy did I speak too soon. After searching the internet and library for days (and yes I mean days) I decided that building a full curriculum on my own was a lot to take on for my first homeschool year. I then started searching for pre-made curricula that wouldn’t break my pockets. I made sure to keep budget in mind as we don’t really know what to expect starting out so I didn’t want to blow a ton of money. In my search, I came across Easy Peasy All In One Homeschool . Easy Peasy (EP) was created by a homeschooling mom who took the time to put the curriculum she created for her children on a blog format for other homeschoolers to use. The best part? It’s completely FREE. Yes you read that correctly! Lee Giles a missionary mother who was called to homeschool and share not only her journey but her teachings with everyone! The curriculum is fully online based which works for my family as I want them to be as up to date with the world as possible. We are in a digital age where everything from books, music, newspapers and more have almost completely gone digital.

    The EP curriculum is totally complete. So you don’t NEED to supplement at all (Of course check with your state laws as this curriculum is based on Lee Giles state laws). I will be supplementing for holidays because I know my babies would appreciate schoolwork that goes along with the seasons as well as holidays we celebrate. This curriculum is Christian based which is important to me. I went to a Christian based private school and being taught lessons God has laid out for me has stuck with me even in my adult life and I’d like to think that my children could benefit from that as well.

    The curriculum covers preschool through high school which is incredible! I started researching homeschooling believing I could only possibly teach through middle school, but finding a curriculum that is always being updated and revamped completely through high school makes me believe it may be possible to teach my baby through their entire schooling if that is what I’m called to do. I haven’t found any negatives to the curriculum and I cannot wait to put it to use in the up coming school year!

    I’ve posted a video on my YouTube channel showing my organization for our portfolio as well as a more in depth showing of our curriculum!

    2018-2019 Homeschool Curriculum 1st Grade| Portfolio Organization

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    Why I’ve Decided to Homeschool

    Hello my loves, for those who may not know, I have a very happy two year old son and a very smart 6 year old daughter who is now in her last months of kindergarten. Over the past two years of her schooling we have encountered the many highs and lows of the public school world. I have had the privilege of attending private and public school and feel very determined to get my children getting the best education they can possibly have. For the past 3 years or so I have been looking into the possibility of homeschooling my oldest. I’ve researched and researched for years and have built up a very solid list of pros and cons that have helped me come to the ultimate decision of homeschooling my children.

    Lets start with the pros…

    The thing about making the decision to home school is that its HARD. Even after researching the different styles and studying other successful homeschool moms the decision didn’t come to me easy. The pros to homeschool definitely outweigh the cons, so I’d like to share how I came to the decision! One huge pro is that I’m already a stay at home mom(SAHM). Alot of working homeschoolers find it hard to stay on track and to concentrate when they have to go between working outside the home and already being home. I’m at an advantage since we already have somewhat of a schedule when we are home and I can give homeschooling during the day my full attention since I don’t have to leave to go to a job.

    My next pro, is that I can make sure that my children are not only learning core subjects but also homemaking skills and other real world learning. My biggest problem with public schooling in particular is I didn’t feel like I learned anything I could actually use in the real world. When’s the last time you’ve had to figure out what mx/b+y was in your field? I want both of my children to know how to cook, clean, pay bills, and more when they leave the nest. I did get a bit of real world learning in private school, but could you imagine a schooling where everyday you learned through real world event?

    Third, my kids will be the best of friends. My son learns so much from his sister when she comes home and does her homework. My goal is to be sure to have them learn better ways to deal with their frustrations together and learn together. Family is so important and what better way to teach loyalty , love and family importance than learning together everyday.

    The next pro, has to be my support system. Many wives/husbands say that what makes homeschooling so hard is the lack of support from their families or significant others. I have the support of my Fiance and our parents . I’m thankful for the support, homeschooling is a long difficult road. It will take some getting used to, but knowing that I have people who believe in my ability to be my children’s best advocate and educator is the best. Another pro? Anyone can homeschool! There are different requirements from state to state, but for the most part anyone can homeschool. There are even different places to get free curriculum if you’re not in the market to spend hundreds of dollars towards it! I plan to build my own curriculum. I want to be able to grab from many different sources to give my kids the best possible education. I also plan on using an interest led method so my children look forward to learning!

    My last pro to deciding to homeschool (there are many more), we can learn whenever doing whatever! I don’t plan on following the typical school schedule. Something I noticed with my daughter? While she loves learning and school, she withholds information better when doing more hands on approaches. Schools often have a high student teacher ratio so its nearly impossible to teach every student exactly how they need to be taught. My children seem to be more visual and hands on learners. I know sitting my daughter down with a packet of work is fine, meaning she’ll do it, but how much will she retain afterwards? Not much. And that’s not because she has trouble learning, it’s because that’s not the way she learns best!

    On to the cons…

    The cons of homeschooling FOR ME is the scheduling and organization. Anyone that knows me will tell you I work just fine among chaos. I keep planners for a few months and then stop feeling the need for them. You need a sense of organization to homeschool. Portfolios, projects, paperwork, books all need to have a system for this to work.

    My next con is going to have to be the state of our home. While we wont be in the house all the time everyday, spending more time home means there will be more messes and more housework. Which is like a soft con if you enjoy cleaning! My last con was the expense. While you can build a curriculum for free the constant cooking, books(which can be free from the library), paper, pencils, pens, planners, the list can go on and on for expenses. The plus side is if you are big on sales and couponing you can basically bypass all of these expenses!

    The list can go on and on for the pros and cons of homeschooling. But, if you have the time and you want more from the schooling your child is currently getting I’d recommend looking into homeschooling and seeing if its a fit for your family. Homeschooling will give us the freedom to learn what we feel is important for our children to know along side their standard core curriculum. I plan to keep updating about my experience going into the homeschool world and any advice is definitely appreciated!

    Till next time!

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