If you follow me on twitter then you saw me tweet the following a little while ago:
Why, oh why, aren’t there any books for secular homeschoolers? I don’t want Bible verses every second paragraph. I want ideas & inspiration.
This was brought on by attempting to read Homeschooling for the Rest of Us: How Your One-of-a-Kind Family Can Make Homeschooling and Real Life Work. It had solid reviews that never mentioned the fact that the focus is on Christian homeschoolers. Now, to be clear, I have no issue with Christian homeschoolers. I am a Christian and I am a homeschooler, but I am not homeschooling my child because we are Christians. In fact, I don’t think we’ve discussed biblical stuff more than a handful of times in the time since we’ve started this odyssey.
So, when the guidance I find for making homeschooling work within your life is all centered around being Godly and raising your children in a Godly way. I feel myself recoiling. I know there are good secular resources out there, but I’m struggling to find them.
I guess my fear is coming from the fact that I don’t have a plan. I don’t know what I’m doing. I don’t know where I’m going. I know what he needs to be able to do. I just can’t figure out how to do it. I don’t want super structured. If I wanted that, I’d do Well-Trained Mind or Calvert. We tried something with lesson plans — Oak Meadow — that were for the week, but I just can’t make it work. My son doesn’t like the artsy part of it AT ALL. He can’t draw things and he doesn’t want to. But the curriculum is like totally drawing and art and it’s not his thing.
He likes worksheets, at least sometimes, so we’ve been doing some of that. But a lot of the time he doesn’t want those either. I just don’t know what to do.
I guess what’s really flipping me out is the fact that I can’t figure out how to fit the way I teach, normally, to someone who is 5 years old.