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Mystery Of History: Lesson Nine – Gilgamesh

Having already covered Gilgamesh with the littles a couple of years ago I wondered if I should maybe skip it.  I mean, we had studied it quite in depth.  But then I began to toss around some ideas, and figured why not!  They were very young before, and we had not been able to focus…

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Implementing Gatto’s Guerrilla Curriculum in our Homeschool Part 2

Yesterday I shared some of the ideas the family had about increasing the community service the older ones do, thoughts about team projects they could do together and with friends, in addition to everyone's thoughts on running their own pet sitting business.  We are using Gatto's Guerrilla Curriculum as inspiration for next year's schooling.  Just…

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Implementing Gatto’s Guerrilla Curriculum in our Homeschool

Yesterday I shared with you a quote which had inspired me a little and when I read it out to the family, they were likewise pretty excited.  Here are the main points of Gatto's guerrilla curriculum.  Gatto believes in every child’s learning experience there should be: Substantial community service Apprenticeships Parent Partnerships on school time…

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What Kind of Homeschooler Am I, Anyway? Part 6

"Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist; it should furnish you with an original spirit with which to tackle the big challenges; it should allow you to find values which will be your road map through life; it should make you spiritually rich, a person who loves whatever…

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What Kind of Home Schooler am I Anyway?

In my quest to organise my blog, I am gathering all related posts into one post to make them easier to find.   I tend to reflect often and change what doesn't suit.  These posts will contain my reflections and I am sure will be added to in the coming years. My thoughts on what…

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Incorporating Unschooling into a Project Based School

So, with the help of the children, I have chosen all our curriculum and am continuing to pursue project based learning whenever I can.  Yet everything which pulls me towards unschooling is still pulling, whilst everything in me which rejects unschooling is still rejecting it.  What's a girl to do?  A while ago I read…

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So What Type of Home Schooler Are You Anyway? Part Five

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is…

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What Type of Homeschoolers Are We, Anyway? Part 4

Unschooling has evolved from simply not being in school (John Holt), to life learning in the 1980's, to child led learning in the 1990's.  These days there is a plethora of radical unschoolers, who to be honest make me feel a little uncomfortable. I am glad I have been looking into unschooling from a place of homeschooling confidence…

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What Type of Home Schoolers Are We, Anyway? Part 3

There is another reason, other than the older ones maturing, for me looking for an alternative method of learning for my guys.  My first four children have been incredibly lovely, easy-going, easy to train and well-behaved children.  I have never really needed to question too much what I was doing.  If they were unhappy they…

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What Type of Homeschoolers Are We, Anyway? Part 2

Over the past month or so I've been trying to organise my messy thoughts.  This is nothing unusual.  Everything about me is usually in a state of disarray.  But to me, this was more important than my usual scatty mumblings. When we first started home schooling, my children's eagerness to learn knew no bounds.  We…

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What Type of Home Schoolers Are We, Anyway?

I was asked this a couple of weeks ago, and I have been pondering it ever since.  I've always maintained that I'm a nothing home schooler, not wanting to box myself in and hand other people expectations on a plate.  People have enough expectations as it is.  And really we do tend to do our…

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