Unschooling Vs Homeschooling

Christy - posted on 02/02/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Sorry if I'm being a burden, but my hubby refers to me as a research junky! I have to get all the ducks in the same pond! I've read a bit on unschooling and homeschooling and I'd love to get some info and opinions on these two!

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Amy - posted on 02/07/2010

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Google Rainbow Resources. I receive their catalog (it's free). It has all the homeschooling resources you can imagine.

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I have never bought a full kit in all my years of home education. I just buy the books that I need. In the lower grades I only get the text. In upper grades I need the teachers/answer key. I checked my email a bit ago to see if you had written. I will see if I can post my list here. It may be too long.

First is a list of books that have helped me through my years of homeschooling.
My all time favorite I think is the top one.I have read it so many times through the years.
1) The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook by: Raymond and Dorothy Moore. Two more good ones by them are: Home Style Teaching and also Home Grown Kids.
2) A Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola . Very good book!!
3) The Right Choice: Homeschooling by: Christopher Klicka
4) The Well-Trained Mind : A Guide To A Classical Education at Home by: Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer. This book is a more rigorous education. I used this a lot with my boys but just haven't been able to with my new kids. Mentally and emotionally I just couldn't concentrate enough. It is great though. I hope you do get it and read it as you can integrate some of its ideas with A Charlotte Mason Companion.
5) Educating the Whole Hearted Child by: Clay and Sally Clarkson

As far as curriculum. One of the best is A-Beka . I have also used Rod and Staff , Bob Jones (expensive!), and paces. But after years of homeschooling I firmly believe that the literature approach is the absolute best :) I would recommend you reading books # 2, 4, & 5 before you spend a lot of money on curriculum. I know I wasted SO very much money on curriculum in my first few years:( The First Book on the above list just enouraged me so much when I would get discouraged. Someone stole my first copy so I had to buy me another. I still read it.

Next is a list of some of my favorite homeschool magazines. They are a great source for encouragement and ideas. I have always loved my magazines..
1) Home School Digest www.homeschooldigest.com Probably my all time favorite. I started reading this one back in 1995.
2) Homeschooling Today www.homeschooltoday.com
3) The Old School House Magazine www.thehomeschoolmagazine.com
4) Home Education Magazine www.homeedmag.com Can get a free magazine sample
5) HEAV Magazine www.heav.org This is the Virginia Homeschool organization. Their magazine is free and has some good articles and information on VA laws. I still receive this one and my TX one.
6) http://www.homeeducatingfamily.com/ I received information in the mail about this magazine. I believe it is new. On the first page you can request a sample. I asked for one :)

7) http://www.teachersbookshoppe.com this one you can download a sample or pay $4.95 for a paper copy. I just downloaded it and I am reading it now.
Now a list of my favorite homeschool catalogs.

8) http://homeschoolenrichment.com/magazine...


1) Homeschooling Books www.homeschoolingbooks.com
2)Queen Homeschool Supplies www.queenhomeschool.com
3)Critical Thinking www.criticalthinking.com
4) Tobin's Lab www.tobinslab.com
5) Rainbow Resouce Center www.rainbowresource.com HUGE Magazine. I love this one!
6) Love to Learn www.lovetolearn.net
7) Christian Book Dist. www.christianbook.com ask for homeschool catalog
8) Nature's Workshop www.workshopplus.com
9) The Book Peddler www.bookpeddler.com
10) American Home School Publishers www.ahsp.com
11) Sonlight Curriculum www.sonlight.com This is a literature based curriculum. I always wanted to try them. Their catalog is great.
12) Timberdoodle www.timberdoodle.com

Christy - posted on 02/05/2010

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Thanks, Brenda! I've looked up and ordered catalogs from those companies. Is it wiser to buy a full curriculum kit or piece by piece from various companies?

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I would order catalogs from many companies so you can see what they have to offer. I you email me (I will PM my email) I can send you a lot of suggestions. As far as what I use in school now:

Science: ABeka (plus I supplement with lots of real books)

History: Kingfisher Encyclopedia for younger grades and Streams of Civilization for older ones. I have a long list of books that correspond with each chapter that they are to read.

English: ABeka

Math: Abeka

Geography: Holling Studies for younger kids (Beautiful Feet) and I write my own for the older

Spelling: Rod and Staff by far!

Latin/Greek Root Word Studies: Critical Thinking Company
Thinking Skills: Critical Thinking Company

I also use Eyewitness books and others to make up an Intro/Integrated Physics/Chemistry course

Christy - posted on 02/05/2010

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Cori and Brenda,
Can you two tell me which books you prefer? Also, I keep hearing about catalogs..do I just order them online through the specific manufacturer?

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I think "unschooling" is fine until the children are 9 or 10 or so then I think we should give them as good an education as possible. I still believe in a fairly relaxed homeschool but think we should teach them. I use LOTS of real, whole books in my kids schooling.

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