If you’ve ever been to my house during school, you probably wondered what the heck we do, or how we get anything done. Our days are broken up into chunks, mostly punctuated by “You’re only on the 3rd one? It’s been almost an hour!” and “The rabbit cage doesn’t need to be cleaned. You did it yesterday,” or “Why is your brother outside again?!”
Rinse and repeat. In five minutes.
I don’t know what to name our method. I guess if you want to get homeschooly (homeschoolish? Is that a word?) you would call us eclectic. Or electronic. Or crazy. One of those might fit. But I think we need a method name for special needs homeschoolers who try to use Charlotte Mason’s methods and end up using the computer a lot. Special Electronic CMers? Or how about Digital CMSN? Sounds like an online news agency. 🙂
What we do is whatever happens to fit the current situation. Sometimes I read aloud, and sometimes I have them take turns doing it. Sometimes I enforce the writing down of answers, and sometimes I
beat my head against the wall beg and plead with them let them do it orally.
So here they are, 10 Reasons for the Madness Behind My Methods:
1. The boy. Cannot. Sit. Down.
2. Writing the answer to one question takes 5x more time than it does for them to read the entire lesson.
3. The computer holds his attention.
4. You would too, if your kid had been (accurately) described by a teacher “like a fart in a frying pan“.
5. The Bible doesn’t say anything about thou shalt do copywork.
6. I just need to wash the dishes. Really.
7. Headphones help them focus and tune out background noises.
8. The dogs need boys to chase them around the yard at least every 20 minutes.
9. Wait, you mean Cribbage isn’t school work?
10. There just isn’t enough Calgon, and showers don’t cut it.
So tell me, what method do you use to homeschool, and why?