Every time someone finds out about our upcoming adventure one of the first questions they ask is about school. What will we do for the boys? Well, we’ll homeschool! Let me say right off the bat here…I’m not an expert on homeschooling. Not even a little bit. My two youngest boys have been homeschooling this year and it’s our first experience with it. Having said that, we are loving the homeschool life! It’s definitely for us!
There are a million different ways to homeschool and I’m not going to pretend to know about them all, so I’ll tell you what we’re doing and why we love it.
We’re using a really great program called Switched On Schoolhouse. It’s a computer based curriculum which means internet isn’t needed and…it also means there are no big bulky text books or workbooks to lug around. Every pound counts when you’re packing up your life into an RV. One of our favorite things about the SOS program is the science kit you can get that goes along with the curriculum you’re working with. It’s full of almost everything you need to do the experiments! I believe hands on learning is the best way to learn and these experiments and projects are just fabulous. The other thing that I love about the SOS program is the way it really does it all for you. You load it on your computer, tell it when you want your school year to start and end, add in any holiday you want off, hit enter and voilà your entire school year is planned and organized for you!
I was afraid the curriculum wouldn’t be hard enough. Yeah, I know, it’s a weird concern, but I worried the boys would get behind…that they wouldn’t have the right tools to get into the college/university they want to get into. After half a year with the program though, I’m not so worried anymore. The curriculum is top notch and to be honest, the boys have learned more in the first half of this school year than they learned all last year.
That’s about the extent of my homeschooling knowledge!