We’ve tried a number of different reading apps over the years, some paid, and some free, and right now my 6 year olds are using HOMER for their reading practice. We’ve been using it for about a month now, and it’s been a good addition to our homeschool toolbox.
Deschooling is an exploratory period that allows families to take time to discover who they are, how they learn, what they naturally gravitate towards, and then develop a system and philosophy that works for them.
It’s a chance to breathe, to look again at our kids and what makes them tick, and then choose a path based on our children’s needs, interests, and strengths.
A few weeks ago, I wrote a post over at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers about how we’ve been exploring plant identification and classification this year. https://www.weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers.com/plant-classification/ It’s been a beautiful example of child-led, technology-enhanced exploration, where the app acts as a tool rather than distracts from the real world. because – books are great, but they’re not…
Every once in a while, though, a student came along who was so disenchanted by the educational system, so convinced that it was irrelevant, that he did everything possible to declare his independence.
By the time they got to me, at age 15, it was almost too late.
What can we do in the early years to help kids stay engaged and motivated so they don’t reject the system and end up failing out of school?
This year, Reading Eggs came out with some great workbooks which were just what I was looking for, especially for my twins, who are almost five and starting kindergarten this year.
Homeschool, although still called school, should NOT seek to emulate a classroom designed for challenges that home environments simply do not share.