At that time, when our boys were only 2 and 4...we had made the decision to homeschool, but had no idea how to do it. I didn't even know there were "methods" of homeschooling your children. Words like Classical approach, Unschooling, Charlotte Mason, School at Home, Unit Studies, Waldorf, Notebooking, Lapbooking and Eclectic had no meaning to me....until I did my research and realized we had already chosen our preferred method of homeschooling and didn't even know it at the time.
Whenever we went to the library, my oldest son would choose books from the children's section that interested him, like Wombat Stew by Marcia K. Vaughan and then we'd head over to the "real life" books, as my son called them. We'd browse those aisles, make our selections and come home with bags full of books. Every time I sorted through them to put them on our "library shelves" at home, I would notice that there were "real life" books related in some way with some of the story books we had chosen.
And this is how we began our Unit Study approach to homeschooling....a natural wonder and curiosity to find out more and more about one thing at a time that interested my boys.
So You Call Yourself A Homeschooler? has an amazing Summer Series going on over at her blog called Homeschool Methods & Approaches. Each week during June and July she features different homeschoolers who use different methods to teach their own children. I am so honored to have been able to be a part of this series as I wrote a post about our Unit Study approach for her series.
You can read more about how we include unit studies in our homeschooling days by visiting Carlie's blog.
I'd love to hear about what works for you. What method or approach to homeschooling works best for you and your kiddos?