I've been thinking a lot about homeschooling philosophies. You see, I don't really hold to any particular style or method of homeschooling.
I've dabbled in Charlotte Mason methods, classical education, traditional methods, and unschooling. I might call myself more eclectic. I most admire the unschoolers. I love how they approach the world and learn from it.
With me working outside of the home, I have found that we do well with routine and structure. I also like having something measurable to track our school years. For instance, with math I can easily track the concepts they've covered because we use Saxon and it's laid out for me. I don't have to think about it or keep records of what we did.
However, I also believe each of my children dig deeper when they seek information out for themselves. When someone has a specific interest, we go with it.
Today Jeremiah decided to write a book.
Calvin wanted to look at blood and skin cells under the microscope.
Joshua wanted to finish Colonial House.
It was one of those rare days where we explored everyone's interests, and it was enough.