Back when I was a newbie to homeschooling I fell in love with The Well-Trained Mind and Charlotte Mason. It was the education that I wanted for myself. Unfortunately, the approach did not mix with Mary at 6, or 7, or even 8. She wanted to DO, to be on the go and of course her reading lag did not help. So, we fell into a mix of materials and a lot of child-led activities. By mix and blending; sometimes pushing and sometimes waiting Mary, and then Katie, have grown and learned.
Ever the optimist, I planned out to start this year trying out a literature-based approach to history, a blend of living books for science and keep my fingers crossed. And, wow, at 9 & 7 they are really enjoying learning this year. I'm enjoying teaching this year. Add in that they LOVE Math Mammoth and the style it is presented so far...and I am almost giddy.
Today, we finished with school by 1:30pm but the girls were so into the the books we are reading that we kept going until just before 3pm.
Yesterday I found out something nifty...I could download You Tube videos to our mp3 players. Which means Mary can listen and watch videos such as these as often as she wants.
And, yes, she just about has the Presidents all memorized.
Homeschooling is FUN!!