I am a proud homeschool mama from Southern California. While we never even imagined this path for our family, my son’s extremely advanced reading abilities in public kindergarten caused us to pull him out of public school. Our original plan was to homeschool until the gifted and talented program started in 3rd grade. To our surprise, however, we have journeyed into a world where we could provide our kids a customized and well-rounded academic education while still having plenty of time for experiential learning, living books and lots of quality family time.
This past year, we took part in a class at Disneyland each week. We were inspired by the creativity and innovation of Walt Disney. History, technology, physics, economics, entrepreneurship, literature were just a few of the topics brought to life in this magical setting by our teacher.
We also were part of a weekly program where the kids learned to sail, kayak and paddleboard in Newport Beach. The first half of the morning the students engaged in project-based learning. In the afternoon, they participated in water sports. Even the parents participated in all the fun!
We are part of a weekly co-op where parents use their talents and passions to teach. We made our best homeschool friends at the co-op, and it helped give my kids a great community of peers to do life with. I have taught several different Lego classes incorporating 21st-century skills. Other classes they have taken include physics, art, violin, NASA engineering, anatomy, cooking, Spanish, civil engineering, astronomy, choir, and many more. The co-op is full of hands-on learning and wonderful fellowship!
It is my passion and mission to share helpful information and encouragement for homeschooling families and those looking for opportunities to enhance their children’s education. Feel free to join our Facebook page and be part of exploring homeschooling and 21st-century learning.
Thank you for sharing in the journey with us! I’d love to hear how you blend solid academics with ample experiential learning and living books into your children’s education!
You can sign up to follow The Contemporary Homeschooler via email by clicking on the Follow button. Also, join our community on Facebook.