Here's a great quote from the book:
It doesn't take long to figure out that veteran homeschoolers are, overall, very independent and strong-minded parents. Chances are you could poll half a dozen such moms and discover they have half a dozen different ways they homeschool. There is no single right way to homeschool that everyone figures out after a few years.It sure would be easier if there was "a single right way to homeschhool." Over the last 13 years, I've ebbed and flowed back and forth between Classic and Unschooling with some Montessori thrown in for flavor. When I'm in a Classic mode, I feel guilty for missing out on the richness that comes from spontaneous discovery learning more typical of unschooling. When I'm in a Unschooling phase, I feel guilty that we are not doing enough math worksheets and structured lessons.
Each year, about this time, I start making plans so that this year will be different. I think to my delusional self, "This year, I'm going to have the perfect curriculum." (I know this is a fantasy, but it is nice while it lasts).
I say this is delusional because there is no perfect curriculum or perfect children for that matter either. Things have been good and things have been good enough, but that doesn't stop me from tweaking things
I don't want to give the wrong impression either. My kids have done well in their academic studies, just not has well as my fantasies (full ride scholarship to an Ivy League School). In the end, I'm happy with who they are becoming.
I have one student leaving our "homeschool" and one student entering. I have to admit that kindergarten is not my favorite stage. My soon to be kindergartener is cut from a different cloth and is a boy. I'm expecting that many of the things I used with his three older sisters are not going to work. Hopefully, this book will give me some good suggestions on how to navigate in my new reality.