While I was out blog-hopping I ran into another fun "carnival" I decided to participate in. It's the Homeschool Open House 2007 hosted by Tiany at "Less of Me~More of Him". She asked that we post a little bit about our homeschooling experience, and then glean from each other as we visit each other's blogs. Sounds like a great idea to me!
We have just started our 10th year homeschooling. It is hard to believe it has been that long already! It started off as an experiment, and at first I adopted the philosophy of it being a year-to-year thing, to be re-decided every summer. After the first year, I couldn't imagine doing anything else for the second year, and so it has grown on me. By now, learning is a life-style in our family, not just something we do during school hours... so we will be "staying the course" as the saying goes. We are 2 weeks into our first year of high school, so it's a whole new ball game... but oh-so-much-fun (most days)!
We have been using Sonlight curriculum from the very beginning, and are still very happy with it. I especially love all the great books, but also appreciate the international focus, and the strong emphasis they place on raising kids to love learning. In 2000 I became a Sonlight Curriculum Consultant to represent Sonlight at my state homeschool convention. I still do this every spring and summer at various conventions in my general area. (I attended 6 this year!) It is a lot of work, but I really enjoy getting to meet other homeschoolers and sharing about how Sonlight works for us and how it might work for other families.
Our homeschool set-up changes from year-to-year based on where we are living, what we are studying, what the kids' needs are, etc. This year, my high school daughter has set up a study corner in the living room. I'm trying to talk her into moving it into her bedroom, so we'll see how that goes. My younger daughter likes to sit on her bed or the floor in her room or *my* bed. Where we live now there is a big open room upstairs that functions as the master bedroom/office/library. The walls are lined with bookshelves, and they are all full! I love to read and learn, and count it a privilege to be able to share that passion with my children.
Visit my Homeschool Resources page for more of my best tips, and if you use Sonlight, you will find my Links for Supplementing Sonlight page helpful. Thanks for stopping by! Have a great year!