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Bent Homeschooling by Rhonda Miller

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by , 06-18-2010 at 03:00 AM (4197 Views)



The best! Isn't that what we all want for our children? As I think back to when I first got serious about the curriculum to use, I have to sit back and laugh! After doing research for literally years before beginning the homeschool journey, I felt that I had it ALL together. Are you laughing out loud with me? If you have homeschooled for any length of time, I'm sure you are!

As it goes, I chose the A Beka curriculum in the beginning. Don't take me wrong here! A Beka has a wonderful curriculum and we still use portions of it, even today. A Beka was chosen for many reasons and those reasons still stand tall. They have a Biblical foundation, a very detailed structure, and an accelerated track that usually keeps students at least one grade level ahead. To boot all that, they give teachers detailed lesson plans so there's nothing left for guesswork. They even tell you, in detail, what to say and when to say it! What could get better than that? Right?

Fast forward to the end of the second grade year with my first homeschooled child. By this time, I had two more starting kindergarten. That's when the challenges started! By the time my two youngest were in first grade, I was beginning to realize that all children do not learn in the same way or at the same pace. If I left the school room for one minute, I could come back and most assuredly find both my boys standing on their heads and writing upside down. If you are visualizing that and wondering if it can really happen, I promise, it can! While that was going on, my prim and proper little girl was poised and finely detailing her work. Surprisingly, they were all learning, but in different ways. I wondered how children from the same parents could be so different! Sadly, the boys were having to seek out ways to accommodate their needs and I was still trying to figure out why! It was at that time that I started digging a little deeper into options that were better suited for each of my children's needs. They needed to grow and learn "outside the box". Though our family wanted to stay true to our religious beliefs, we soon realized that we could use a secular curriculum and still maintain our belief system.

After finally realizing what each of my children's learning styles were, I could more easily find what they needed to work with. It wasn't long before I ran across Time4Learning, which is an online, interactive curriculum. My oldest son gave it a trial run, and I was instantly amazed at his attention to what was being taught. Being somewhat of a skeptic, I didn't think it would last. Boy, was I ever wrong! He loved working with the computer and the fact that he could be a part of the action. Best of all, I could keep track of what he was doing through his progress reports that were recorded after each of his lessons. I found that the online interactive program provided something for all types of learners and that was impressive enough for me, especially since all my children loved it!

Since those early days, I have continued my own education as I quickly found that I really didn't have it all together! There was much learning still to do. I needed to "bend" my thinking to reach the needs of my children so they would be able to accomplish the life that they were "bent" for!

How about you? Have you had to bend your thinking?


Comments

  1. topsytechie's Avatar
    Really great post, Rhonda!!!
  2. MamaMary's Avatar
    Oh Rhonda, I LOVED this post! Amen! I can't believe how much I have changed over the years. I think of Romans 12:2-"Mary, do not conform to the behaviors and customs of this world, but let GOD transform you and change the way you THINK"!