To some, it may be semantics, but for us, there is a difference. What we ARE doing is learning at home. What we AREN’T doing is taking the traditional schooling approach and moving it into our home.
I always thought it was God’s design for my family, that I teach my children at home, but my husband…not so much. He wanted them to be in a traditional school setting, like where he (and I) were educated. I am a certified educator who was working in the public sector. I began to notice, like the rest of the country that Common Core was heading into the classrooms at full speed and it was hitting many students, and their families, like a Mac truck…including my own. Now, don’t get me wrong…I am not 100% anti-C.C….I just don’t believe it’s right for my children at this time. Their learning style did not mesh well with how the school system chose to implement the curriculum. I wanted different for my children, so after much prayer and guidance from others, hubby and I came to the decision that I needed to be the one to teach our children. I immediately resigned, withdrew the oldest and took the youngest out of day care and our journey began.
Because of my background in education, I wanted to emulate the traditional school setting in my home. I set up what looked like a classroom, bought a complete boxed curriculum, and had a daily schedule written, laminated, and posted in our learning area. It didn’t take long to realize this whole schooling at home thing just wasn’t working for us.
Fast forward to today…our daily routine, curriculum choices, and the overall feel of what takes place from day to day is the total opposite of schooling at home. There are no bells, strict schedules, and we aren’t confined to a desk in one room all day. We love it this way. On any given day, you may find us reading while leaning backwards over a large exercise ball, drawing while listening to a read aloud, and doing science activities in the back yard. Any and every place we go, there is an educational component we find to discuss or research…even a trip to the dry cleaners. Our daily physical education depends on whether its football or basketball season (both boys play both sports), and math lessons are sometimes taught either while cooking, during walks around the neighborhood, in the grocery store, or (dare I say it) during bath time. Everything we do is considered is a learning experience and we quickly came to realize that schooling at home was not the way we enjoyed teaching and learning.
So, again, to some, it may be semantics, but for us, there IS a difference.