Switching from a strictly classical approach to a more unit study approach with an eclectic twist was not easy for me, but there were tell-tale signs.
5 Signs to Switch Your Homeschool Approach
Sharing 5 signs that you need to switch your homeschool approach, maybe I will spare you my same stubbornness struggle.
Unless you have a public school teacher background (I did not) when you first started homeschooling, you probably were unaware of a homeschool approach let alone be able to define the term.
Being able to define a homeschool approach helps to sort through what will work for your family and what will not.
A simple definition for homeschool approach would be the techniques, style, manner, and beliefs as to how you will educate your child.
ONE/You now understand that you may have chosen your current homeschool approach by default not choice.
Being able to understand and articulate that simple, but powerful definition of a homeschool approach was my first prompt in realizing now that I had homeschooled a few years, I needed to research more carefully the best way to teach my children.
When I started homeschooling I almost felt like I chose a homeschool approach by what I call default. Classical approach was the homeschool approach my brain was drawn to because it made sense to me. By default because I was the teacher, I chose that homeschool approach for my children.
TWO/ Regardless of your teaching preference, your children learn better with another style.
My second sign was that though the classical approach worked most of the time for my oldest son, my middle son learned best by more hands-on activities. I truly was not going to leave any child behind.
THREE/ When you’re losing your homeschool joy because you want something to be successful.
The next sign was one that was real important to me and that was that all of us, including myself, were losing the joy of learning. Though the definition of homeschool approach in its simplest form means your individual style of teaching, it has to be something you enjoy doing each day too. Losing a bit of my joy in teaching, I knew the classical approach wasn’t exactly a perfect fit for my teaching style.
Constant moans when we got ready to homeschool played a part too. You know they weren’t the normal I-am-not-in-a-mood-today-for-school moans, but major moans. The I hate to read now were words spoken in my house. My heart was heavy because my push and my drive for a heavy language arts focus was stealing our joy. Although I can’t all together blame the classical approach because I could have added balance, it certainly started feeling like a noose around my neck.
I could easily move past not having such a great day teaching, but young children don’t have the same ability to reason that sometimes things are temporary.
FOUR/ Your day is getting longer and longer because you’ve been focused on following the curriculum instead of the lead of your children.
Another negative sign was that I started making our days go longer and longer, which is beyond anything that I preach tout for teaching kids in the younger years. Having just started mentoring new bees, I didn’t feel like I could lead them if I didn’t follow my own advice about not having a long drawn out formal school day for a young learner.
FIVE/ Knowing that when we added in something else other than what our curriculum called for, my kids were more engaged. In our case, it was hand-on activities.
Finding delight when we took time out of our reading and writing to add in a volcano activity, outside geography hunt in the yard or making a themed history meal were also indicators that we needed more hands-on activities.
Careful Stubborn teacher that I was, it still took me another two years before I knew that I had to adopt a homeschool approach that fit my whole family and not just suited me as the teacher.
The good thing about homeschool definitions that you adopt is that they can be expanded. Today, my expanded definition of homeschool approach would be this:
A homeschool approach would be the techniques, style, manner, and beliefs as to how you will educate your child AND it is the way a teacher nurtures a love of learning recognizing and accepting how a child learns best.
You’ll also love these other tips:
- Mixing It Up: How to Combine Homeschool Approaches (Without Losing Your Mind)
- How to Use a Boxed Curriculum without Giving Up Your Homeschool Approach
- 3 Things To Try When Your Hands-Off Homeschooling Approach is a Failure
- You’ve Pitched the Homeschool Curriculum – Now What?
Do you have any of these symptoms signs?
Hugs and love ya,