Although most of the world schooling families you will encounter are unschoolers, the Bradburys are not per say. We unschool certain subjects for certain seasons depending upon location and resources, but we are primarily a home schooling family. With that being said, I have been gathering our curriculum for the 2018-2019 school year. Because the boys and I will be out of country for most of the year I’ve spent the last few weeks compiling and reading all of the things we would like to utilize in our home and classroom.
In our classroom, our main source of curriculum comes from the Global Village School, with a vast online classroom and a brick and mortar in California. We only pay for the curriculum list right now, but we love it. It is a curriculum based on thematic learning. All of the recommended books are books that you can find on amazon and in your library, it is up to you as the parent to make the books intentional in the classroom. What I mean by this is outside of classroom context the book ‘When the bees fly home’ is just a story book, but inside the classroom you are making bees wax figurines, trying out candle making, learning about the hive and the life cycles of bees, planting bee friendly flowers, building bee houses, etc. You, as the teacher/parent, transform the book from a bedtime story to a tool.
Some of our curriculum supplementation comes in the form of familiar names; Charlotte Mason, Steiner and Waldorf. This school year we spent a lot of time with the Charlotte Mason concepts and in building good habits. The issue I have found with any one curriculum is that they are all lacking one concept that the other has. The Global Village School is the closest I have ever gotten to perfection for our family, but it lacks the structure of habit. Charlotte Mason gives me the habits and structure, but lacks the ideas. Waldorf and Steiner give me the forest school and ideas, but lack the discipline for us, Waldorf gives us the handi-crafts. So I USE THEM ALL! I don’t use them all everyday, but I do draw inspiration and ideas from them all as supplementation to our base curriculum. None of them give us foreign language so I immerse us and add Greek, Spanish, Italian, German and Dutch when we are beginning to immerse in those places. I offer the boys the opportunity to use the little language skills they have, I offer them opportunities to count the money, to pay the cab fare, to purchase the groceries, to read the map. Living with intention offers a much more in-depth experience in our travels and in our classroom, this aspect of our family is very much “unschooled.” Below I have included a few links to a couple of these resources (disclosure I make a few cents if you purchase through the amazon link). If you have any questions, need ideas for crafts/projects/units please reach out via email. Also, if you’d like to discuss curriculum in general please don’t hesitate to contact me, it took me quite awhile to find a conglomeration that worked well for us so don’t be discouraged!