Cross Curriculum/ Homeschool Philosophy

Many books and websites cover a majority of the curriculum and are hard to pin down as one particular subject.  When I first started reading about homeschooling I didn't know where to start so I started with "The Everything Guide to Homeschooling."  As I finished the book I knew with three young boys I wanted to focus on learning through games and hands on fun.  I found several great resources (in book form) that I purchased to keep at hand in our house.  While I have a plethora of ideas from just those books alone I am continually surfing the web looking for activity ideas for all subjects.  Sometimes I even find stuff I want to try with the boys just for fun, after all a large part of wanting to homeschool my boys is so that we can spend even more quality time together as a family cementing those bonds.  What better way to do that could there possibly be than getting silly together and creating wonderful memories?!  The best is when the boys think we're just having fun and I know they're learning.

Some of my books and resources:
  • Games for Learning
  • The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas
  • Family Fun (I have a subscription to the magazine but I also love their site)
  • Carschooling
  • Einstein Never Used Flashc Cards; How our children really learn and why they need to play more and memorize less.
  • The unschooling handbook : how to use the whole world as your child's classroom
  • The Unschooling Unmanual
  • Free Range Kids 
  • Free To Learn

Some websites I use:
   There are so many activities we do on a daily basis where I know my boys are learning but I can't always pinpoint an exact subject it would fall under.  Sometimes what they are doing incorporates many different subjects at once like when they're playing with Lego sets using their imaginations to build elaborate buildings, vehicles, and creations-- do I consider that math & logic, art, architecture?  If they're building something historical is that history?  I don't know and luckily I live in a state where I don't really have to worry about labeling it, I can just watch, enjoy and know my boys are learning. 

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