I often say that one of my top reasons for homeschooling is the ability to change course midstream. Over the past six years of homeschooling, I can’t think of a semester that hasn’t seen a mid-course correction or two. Over these years, we’ve dropped more spelling programs that I can recall, several language arts curricula, a few science books, one history program, and even a math book (though Singapore has never fallen from favor).
This year has been no exception. As I posted a few weeks back, Latin is in the past for my older. Literally. I’ve recovered from the mini-guilt attack about allowing him to quit and continue to relish his more relaxed demeanor since dropping the class. I’d like to report that he immediately threw himself into his other coursework, but that would be untrue. At least we have some room in the schedule and less feeling of impending doom on his part. That’s good stuff. We have room to return to Discovering Music, our music history program that was bumped out a few months back. While it’s intended for my older son’s study, the younger was tagging along for the lectures for the three chapters we completed in the fall, and I’m sure he’ll join the ride. My older and younger will work through Philosophy for Kids with me a few mornings a week. Since finishing Story of the World IV last spring, we’ve not had a read-aloud and discuss subject for the three of us to do together. I miss that time, and my kids have voiced an interest in returning to that way of learning together.
My younger is picking up two Online G3 classes with Jaime Linehan Smith at the virtual helm: Grammar Voyage/Caesar’s English II (using materials by Michael Clay Thompson, reviewed here) and History 2B (with Joy Hakim’s History of US books). He’s also studying for the National Mythology Exam, a thoroughly enjoyable process for my living-in-the-past guy. I’m not sure where we’ll fit in Hakim’s Story of Science, which we abandoned a third of the way into the first book in favor of more time with the Literary Lessons from Lord of the Rings. Perhaps when that finishes, we’ll return to Hakim’s program. Finally, my younger’s decided he wants to learn Greek. Really, now. Over the holidays, I acquired Greek Alphabet Code Cracker, Classical Academic Press publication which introduces the Greek alphabet and phonetic pronunciation. He’s thrilled. I’m tired just thinking about his selections (and they are his) for this winter and spring.
Mid-course corrections remain a major bonus for homeschoolers. How do you adapt to poor curriculum fits? What changes are you making for the coming year? Do you find it difficult to change mid-course? I’d love to hear from you.
Thanks, Suji, for sharing your mid-course corrections and ambivalence about these changes!