In the Middle Years ~ Our Homeschool Philosophy (Video)

I've created a beast -  a Frankenstein monstor of sorts. It's called video.

I love doing it but I'm frustrated learning the technology to "get it out there". The learning curve involved is totally messing with my scheduled writing/creative time. It's taking over my life. Not really, but it has consumed a fair amount of the past two days.

Like I said, a monster.

This video was supposed to come to you in one part. But you know me - long winded, wordy, gesticulating (wildly). Taking way more time than the 15 minutes alloted by YouTube for easy video upload.

I know, I know - I need to use a private Vimeo account or something. Just more technology to learn. I'd rather just sit down and chat with you all, you know? And have the technology flow seemlessly. Ahem. Welcome to my dream world.

So here's the point of this post. There's changes a foot in our homeschool routine. This is a natural progression as our children grow. But with our recent move the pot has really been stirred (we're talking major changes) and life looks quite different now than it did one year ago.

I want to share those changes with you - what's happened in the course of our move, our children's growth and development, as well as my own - and how that has affected our homeschool practice.

But before I get to that I need to talk philosophy because I am an educational philosophy junkie. Back when I was going to university, taking my Education degree, the light bulb really went off for me during my final years when we started to dive deep into education foundations.

I found (one of) my learning loves - reading, discussing and writing about educational ideas - and decided I would rather continue my education with a Masters in the whys and hows of learning instead of managing a classroom. Student teaching taught me that being a public school teacher was not for me.

But the desire to start a family took precedence over further schooling, Celine was born and my career as homemaker started.

Nowadays, as a homeschooling mother and lifelong learner, I get jazzed talking about the whys and hows of our own family's learning journey. 

This video shares some of the whys behind our practices. It's an introduction to what the video is really about - the changes in our family life and how that has changed the way homeschooling looks. 

But, because I am long winded and technically challenged I've divided the video to share in two separate posts.  It's probably better this way, twenty-five continuous minutes of watching me could be tedious. It is for me!

(if this video doesn't show up you can watch it here)

In the video I mention, Figuring Out Homeschooling Late Elementary, a post I wrote two years ago which described homeschooling for us at that point. It provides a bit of an overview to how I see the homeschool ages and stages. 

Homeschool Coaching Services Offered

Are you having difficulty defining your family's learning philosophy? Trying to make sense of all the curriculum available? Wondering how to get started on your own homeschool journey? Struggling through the elementary years?

I'd like to help.

I don't know it all, I can't answer it all. But there's a lot I can share and help you with. 

Please see Homeschool Coaching if you're interested.

Stay tuned for part two of this video beast - the actual changes taking place in our family life and how this affects the day to day homeschool practice.

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  • Natalia

    Natalia on Sept. 23, 2011, 4:16 p.m.

    Great idea on the coaching Renee - I am going to think about it a bit more rather than hit you with a tangled mess of requests! I use Vimeo and find it as easy, if not easier than Youtube. Would highly recommend it.


  • kyndale

    kyndale on Sept. 24, 2011, 8:39 p.m.

    I love your video. In fact, it just feels like we're sitting across from each other chatting. Although I would really like to be there with you (for real) so we could chat! What a great service you're offering. I would love to talk with you about my homeschool journey and how I can develop our family philosophy. We're struggling right now because I'm using an on-line charter (public) school and it's gotten pretty intense. The last four weeks have just been a lot of adjustments and work. We can't just say we're going for a field trip today, for example. We always feel like we need to catch up if we do. I like it for the structure. Sometimes I feel like we can get quite lazy and I like that there is someone else nudging us along. It's just been intense.

    Hey, I was going to make some womens' cloths for Amelia and I'd love to send some to you too.

    xo Kyndale


  • Chris

    Chris on Sept. 25, 2011, 5:37 p.m.

    Thanks for the great blog Renee, always enjoy reading, and seeing, what you are up to. As a mom who pulled her children out of public school, I am always searching for inspritation and ideas. Looking forward to the next video!


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