If you want to build vocabulary and reading comprehension skills, classic literature is a great place to start. These books have stood the test of time and are written by gifted writers who know how to craft a sentence. You will find more complex vocabulary in classic books too!
Many elementary curriculum options explore topics briefly giving children an introduction to the subject matter. This breadth method presents the child with a wealth of information covered over the school year. An example of this would be to cover ancient history through renaissance period history all in the same school year. Depth focuses…
The summer before my son started first grade, I hatched a plan. I scoured book lists and my local library to come up with a list of read alouds that would help my son be able to listen to chapter books read aloud.
Unschooling is beneficial. It is important. I do think it helps foster a love for learning that extends through a whole life time. Learning should be fun although there will always be some things we will have to learn about even if we are not interested. Homeschooling provides my children time to have the best of both worlds. It allows my children to receive a structured education with enough time to pursue interests.
To use the flexible time schedule, I decided what subjects we were going to cover for the school year and counted the number of expected school days and the number of hours we would spend on schooling each day.
As eclectic homeschoolers we mix and match many different methods of homeschooling to give us a unique mix that works for us. We tend to go broad and deep with our subjects and use a schedule that makes every day different. This year I am homeschooling 2 high schoolers and a 6th grader.