I am learning more and more that this whole home schooling thing is a journey, and the destination is "ready for the world" adults! No particular age or result other than well adjusted, saved by faith, capable of being the best God wants them to be, adults!
Journeys, in general don't just take one straight road, how boring would it be if every journey was the same boring straight road with the same landmarks!
The most interesting journeys are those where there are twists and turns and you go through valleys then get the fantastic view from the high places!
And then, there are times we take a wrong turning and have to do a u turn, but often we can discover interesting things and places that we would never have found if we hadn't taken that wrong turning!
Our own journey has taken us through the worlds of unit studies, lap books, Charlotte Mason, unschooling, and Konos, to mention just a few. All of the methods are valid and have advantages and disadvantages, I think the key is not to get obsessed with any ONE way that you are not able to see when and if it stops working for your children.
We still follow the unschooling philosophy but have felt the need to add a little more structure to our days (more on that later) but I just felt a need to remind myself and any who may be reading that it is a journey, no one has the perfect homeschool family, there is no "one way fits all" and I need to remember that as I am on my own journey, learning each day, so is every other family out there. So I will endeavour to season my words with grace
Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. (Colossians 4:6 KJV)
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