I've been trying to reconcile my views on everything I've learned about homeschooling so far. I love many aspects of Natural Learning, some Charlotte Mason ideas, Thomas Jefferson Education, Unit Studies and some Traditional Ed done creatively. Training up my children in the Lord is the most important. When I was praying about it, one message I heard was "don't hang onto GOOD things which are holding you back from BETTER things."
I decided my main problem is that everything I've read about HOME EDUCATION is SO GOOD!
The reason this is a problem is that you can't do everything. Even just picking my favourite aspects of each philosophy was too much to think about for a while. For a while, the abundance of possibilities in shaping our home school stopped me appreciating all the success we've already had.
AT LAST I'm ready to decide! It's better for us to do something positive, which we are comfortable with, than be paralysed by indecision and worry about loyalty to any method in particular. I've always tended towards respecting my students, giving choices, showing possibilities and making interesting resources available, so I'm already using what I consider to be the best bits of Natural Learning.
So once again we're "Christian Eclectic Tidal Homeschoolers" ... a messy label but one I'm comfortable with. As always we'll have scriptures, prayer, and share lots of books. We'll be back into phonics, copy work, fun reading and maths, but more delight-based than adhering to any program. I believe any resource we use should serve not enslave us. With some fun unit studies and following our interests in everything else, and some natural learning principles woven throughout, I know my kids will learn all they need for this year ... as children have a tendency to do!
I'll keep you posted about how it's going ...