'O Allah increase me in knowledge,

Sunday, 27 January 2008

Mix homeschooling methods

Assalamu alaykum,
You know you are going to homeschool. Now, which homeschooling method will you use: unschooling, traditional, or eclectic? Confused about methods?
I was asked what curriculum do I use with my kids. We don't really use a curriculum or maybe yes. Are we unschooling? Yes most of the time, or maybe not. Are we using Montessori, eclectic, Unit Studies, lap booking etc? Yes we are. In fact we are using all these methods all at once. Whatever my kids like to do, we then go ahead and do.
One thing for sure, we love books. We love to buy new resources and art&craft materials.
We love outings; it can be the library, the park, the farm, the zoo, the aquarium, the museum etc
But we like to mix homeschooling methods and that works for us, so far, hamdulillah.
When deciding which way to go, do not panic. There is no one right answer. Each method has strengths and weaknesses. In the end, what matters most are our children and our family. After all, that is why we chose to homeschool.