Blogging through the Alphabet – L is for Learning Styles

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When I was homeschooled there weren’t many curriculum choices available.  And it was hard to put together your own curriculum using an eclectic/Charlotte Mason style of education. 

My mom used ABeka for the first four years and I thrived with it.  My sister however needed my mom to sit with her the entire time.

We then went to a private school for 4 years.  There I know we used Bob Jones Curriculum, ACE Paces and another curriculum (though I don’t remember the name of it at this time). 

Then my parents made the decision to homeschool us again.  But because ABeka is so advanced in many ways and the other curriculums are not the same as ABeka my mom wanted something else for us as she journeyed through homeschooling again. 

She found a curriculum called Far Above Rubies.  It was more along the lines of Charlotte Mason/Unit Study learning style. 

At first I didn’t know what to do.  No text books?  No daily requirement of pages to fill out?  Just choose several of the things in each category to do?  It was almost like unschooling/life-learning.  We used a lot of living books.  Our mom would read aloud to us from these books.  But she also had us read as well from these books.

Now that I am a homeschool mom, I have learned quite a few things.  The first 3 years we used ABeka, which worked well for the first year.  After that it got a little rough.  Jonathan did not like the text book approach.  But it took 3 years for me to figure that out.

Now we do a lot more of the Charlotte Mason/Eclectic style of schooling.  It works for us.  It even works for Jordan as well.  Hopefully it will work for all the kids.  But if not, I now know how to approach it. 

Just to help you out on figuring out your learning style and your child’s I recommend Cathy Duffy’s 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum.  This is the book that helped me immensely to figure out Homeschooling. 

The 2nd book would be Clay & Sally Clarkson’s Educating the WholeHearted Child — Third Edition.  This book is great for trying to figure out curriculum if you are trying a Charlotte Mason approach.  We have used a lot of the suggestions in this book.

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