You know, the factory model often denigrated by John Taylor Gatto. Doing work for the sake of work with no interest, motivation, respect for the learner.
I shared that, for us, less is sometimes more.
We tend to focus on a few things at a time, leaving a lot to life learning, to activities and interests and reading and movies. Computer games. Music.
Our January focus is unschooling – learning from life, from interests. Just living. Seeking joy and beauty. As in our new Saints book.
With a dash of classical education mixed in.
This translates in January as Kumon English ( for one son), Maths, Latin, and work on our Mary Notebooks.
Plus reading. All the time.
I know these main areas of focus will change, as the months progress. Our educational themes grow out of life, as Susan tells us in her post on themes and resolutions . Thomas ( 15) wants to write a novel. Alexander (16) will be studying a first year university subject through Open University. We are organizing French classes for interested homeschoolers. Maybe a book discussion group. Thinking of a unit study/integrated unit of work with Anthony (12) on the novel Prince Caspian, before the movie is released . A splash of formal Chemistry for Thomas and formal Physics for Alexander.
But the constants are Maths, Latin, Religion and Life.
Classical unschooling? See what Willa has to say on the subject.
And check out Live Free Learn Free magazine.