It’s always fun to have a stickybeak into other people’s homeschools, right?
Here’s what we’re doing as of February 2017. Now, this is not ALL we do – this is just the more traditionally academic parts. We also do a lot of sewing, craft, and clothing design (in the last few weeks there’s been a flurry of corset and hoop skirt making), cooking, strange physical things (currently, pogo stick challenges) and all sorts of other spontaneous activities.
My kids also read – a lot. Recent favourites have included My Mother’s Secret, the Through My Eyes series, and the My Story series. Yes, they like fact-based historical fiction!
This video, however, gives you a great overview of what a very eclectic homeschool with five children can look like. We draw a lot of inspiration from unschooling, classical education, and project-based homeschooling, but ultimately add in bits and pieces from every style.
Homeschooling Resources Mentioned in the Video
How we make our weekly homeschool to-do lists
Creative Writing for Kids, Volumes 1-4 | Amanda Harrington
The Story of the World, Volume 4 | Susan Wise Bauer
Book of Centuries | Practical Pages
Understanding Centuries | FiveJs
Continent Fact Files | Homeschool Creations
Simple World Geography Plan | 1+1+1=1
Not for Parents Travel Book | Lonely Planet
Telling Tales in Latin | Lorna Robinson
I can’t find a modern equivalent of our op-shop Cambridge Latin books, sorry.
Superpowers of the Ancient World MOOC (I called it History of Ancient Civilisation, oops!)
Walden and Civil Disobedience | Henry David Thoreau
Cambridge Checkpoint Maths Coursebook
Cambridge Checkpoint Maths Practice Book
Introduction to the Human Skeletal System MOOC
Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds MOOC
Alphabet Curriculum Notebook | The Crafty Classroom (Preschool Mom)
First Language Lessons 3 – Instructor Guide | Jessie Wise & Sara Buffington
First Language Lessons 3 – Student Workbook | Jessie Wise & Sara Buffington
Barrie Literacy Skills | Liz Barnes (National Library of Australia record)
The Big Big Big Book of Tashi | Anna Fienberg & Barbara Fienberg
The Story of the World Volume 1 | Susan Wise Bauer
The Story of the World Activity Book 1 | Susan Wise Bauer
Read Aloud Challenge, in my Facebook group
Mrs Pepperpot to the Rescue | Alf Proysen (modern version, the hilarious politically incorrect stuff has probably been edited)
The Trumpet of the Swan | E.B. White
Australians All | Nadia Wheatley
The Story of Buildings | Patrick Dillon & Stephen Biesty
Phew! That’s actually quite a lot!
Please remember that that is for five different children. You can use less and still provide a wonderful education. If you’re just starting out, don’t aim for this in your first week! Remember, we’ve been doing this for about ten years now. Start slowly and build your way up.
Finally, if you have any questions at all about any of our resources, please feel free to ask them in the comments. I’m always happy to talk about resources.
This post is also part of the Australian Not Back to School Blog Hop, hosted by Our Worldwide Classroom. Take a look at what other Aussies are using to homeschool by clicking on the buttons below.
Making a video! That’s a clever idea 🙂 Majority of your resources are new to me! 🙂 Except for SOTW which we love
Isn’t it strange how we can all do it so differently? And doesn’t everyone love SOTW?!
I realise that this is an old post, but some of your readers recently came over to my blog and I want to thank you so much for adding a link to Practical Pages in your resources!
You’re welcome Nadene! I’ve found your design the best suited to us out of all the ones I tried.