Every family is different. What is so great about homeschooling is that you can design your own home school approach to learning by writing a tailor made program to fit your children's needs, abilities and personalities. As a family, you can decide what is important, what educational goals to pursue and how to go about it. Imagine developing your own individual home school approach that reflects these goals, complements your lifestyle and is based on your own decisions, not someone else's.
Firstly, we must begin with our Foundations. As you can see in the chart to the right, the Foundation is the starting point for everything else. It contains the overarching reason to the questions of why you teach and what you teach. You may be tempted just to copy what someone else has done .. but remind yourself of the beauty of home education - we can personalize and individualize their education.
The purpose of design-your-homeschool is to help you discover what will work in your family. With more than 20 years research and experience and still homeschooling three children, this site is a living document. It is written as a guide - a step by step guide to home schooling, analysing homeschooling approaches, outlining how to teach different subjects and helping you design your curriculum within each home school approach. It is written to new homeschoolers and to those who need encouragement and fresh ideas.
We all need to stop at times and ask, "Why am I doing this? Is this the best way?"
Know WHY you do, WHAT you do!
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