Revamping Our Homeschool

One of the glorious things about homeschooling is that you can change things up whenever you want or need to. Every year is different, and every year can be customized for your children's best learning to happen.
 

That is this year for us.

 

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We haven't needed a huge change in a long time, but this year we are revamping our homeschool in a big way.
 

As we started our year, I began to realize that I have not worked through my educational philosophy/ homeschool method since my older three children were in middle school and grade school. (I really like to work through it every 3-5 years.) Since the older two have graduated and started college and the third in line will be graduating this year, I guess that's been quite a few years ago. {Yikes!} It was time to rethink our methods.
 

Over Thanksgiving break, I will be working through Finding Your Vision once again for myself with my youngest two girls in mind. (Yes, I periodically work through my own workbook. After al, it's the system I've always used myself. Writing it down into a workbook was a means to sharing it with others rather than keeping it to myself.) In the meantime, there are a few changes that I know they will benefit from. 
 

We have always been very delight-directed learners, leaning very closely to unschooling. We have also been literature-based learners. Those things won't change, but they need some new emphasis. My youngest two girls are both very visual and very artistic, so I am making some changes that will appeal to those natural giftings.
 

Zarah is in eighth grade this year, and Teeny is in third grade. Sean is a senior this year, and works pretty independently. I'm not sure that we'll change too much for him, but the girls will be getting a whole homeschool revamp. (Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This simply means that if you purchase after clicking through my link, I earn a small referal bonus. I'm not getting rich, but it does help keep this site going. Thanks!)
 

Notebooking

 

The first change we're making is to incorporate more notebooking. We have done a little notebooking in the past, but we really only dipped our toes in. I have a lifetime membership at Notebooking Pages (which is awesome!), so we will be taking advantage of it. This will be my first foray into very intentional notebooking, but I know my girls are going to love it!
 

Curriculum

 

Secondly, we are moving from a very natural approach to language arts and writing to curriculum for writing and grammar. I never thought I'd say those words, but I'm very excited about the change! Zarah is using Write Shop 1 this year. Sean will be switching to Write Shop as well, but he is doing WriteShop 1 and 2 over the course of one school year. He loves writing, so I don't foresee a problem with this. Teeny will also be jumping into a writing curriculum (also from WriteShop). She will be working through WriteShop Primary, Book B. WriteShop is a very gentle approach to writing, and I think it's going to fit our home pretty well.
 

Bullet Journal Homeschooling

 

I started Bullet Journaling this past spring and love it. Zarah has been fascinated and wanted to start her own Bullet Journal, so we are trying something… We have begun using a sort of Bullet Journal for our homeschool. It's still a work in progress, but we're enjoying it. I don't know if anyone else is doing this, but I'll be doing a post soon on our new Bullet Journal Homeschooling. All three of the children have been using this method- each a little differently- and are enjoying it. It has been just the little bit of structure we needed for this year.
 

 

Once again, I am so thankful that we are homeschooling! I can truly work toward giving my children the best education in the way each of them learns best!
 

Revamping our homeschool also seems to be just what I needed this year. This is my 18th year of homeschooling, and I'm still finding new things to try. The changes have been refreshing and renewing for me. But the really amazing thing about homeschooling is that you have the freedom to be flexible. Whenever my children need a different method to help them learn, I can revamp our methods to help them. I never have to feel locked into a curriculum or method of teaching because the year has already started. 
 

If you are feeling frustrated with your curriculum or wondering if your child needs a different style of teaching to learn, please feel encouraged that you can do it!
 

You can change things in the middle of the school year.
 

You can drop a curriculum that's creating frustration instead of helping your child learn.
 

If a homeschool mom 18 years in can do it, you can too! You don't have to have everything figured out. That's the beauty of homeschooling.

 

Have you ever felt you needed to revamp your homeschool? What did you do differently?

 

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