Home-Centered Education

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I read a quote awhile back that said something to the extent of the proper way to home school is to think of home as your base, but the education should extend beyond the home, into the community and out into the world as a whole. Of course, I can’t for the life of me remember where I read that quote; I think it was in The Question by Leigh Bortins. But don’t quote me on that. 😉

Anyway, the idea is that home schooling should be home-centered but we should not treat it as a prison that we can never leave. I’ve always worked hard at getting us out of the house to do as many things as possible. Sometimes we just stay home for weeks on end, making our way through math and Latin. And sometimes we have so many field trips and weekend adventures planned that we don’t crack open a textbook at all. You never know what  a week of school will look like around here.

In the past month, we have gone to a theater to see a live show, traveled to Port Huron, MI for a competition, visited the Oldsmobile Museum in Lansing, MI (which we happened to be driving by on the way to Port Huron), and some of us (not me!) have done some cold weather camping. And I think that was a  slow month for us.

My plan for this blog is to highlight the different places we go on field trips and family adventures and to help tie in how I make even the most fun adventures like Disney World tie into our schoolwork–usually in a way that makes the kids not even realize I’m doing it.  (Although sometimes I can be a little obnoxious and start dancing around yelling, “Ooooh, oooh! That sounds like LATIN to me!” and I make them cringe. Nobody’s perfect.)

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