Background: I wanted to homeschool dd1 for 1st grade but couldn't make it work due to my work schedule but I am feeling even more committed to it for this coming fall and am truly planning to make it happen for her 2nd grade year and beyond. My dd1 is very bright, ahead of grade level in school and loves to make little books and explore new things. IMHO she is a perfect hs kid (this of course without ever actually hsing yet :)
I've read John Holt and John Gatto and really like the unschooly approach but then I picked up The Well Trained Mind and am really finding myself intrigued with it. I know I couldn't follow TWTM completely as I won't have 3-4 hours every day to devote entirely to hsing as I still have to work and also want to do a lot of real life learning.
That said, I think I've settled on using a basic math curriculum just to make sure dd is getting everything in a logical way. I'm a little less set on using a grammar book like suggested in WTM vs just reading a lot and having my dd keep a journal to reflect on experiences and reading and also to practice some grammar and spelling.
I just ordered a book on Charlotte Mason from the library so looking forward to that but I"m hoping some more experienced moms might share how to combine unschooling with Classical education. Also, I am NOT religious and nervous that too many WTM resources are Christian biased.
These two styles seem to be at complete odds - can they even be combined? What worked for you getting started?
Sorry for being a bit all over the place. That's how I'm feeling right now researching hs materials and actually selecting curriculum and planning for a schedule. Hs seemed much easier as a theoretical concept than an actual practical matter. I had felt very confident in my ability to teach my child everything just by doing lots of things and reading a lot with a bit of writing but I'm suddenly feeling like I need more structure to make sure we cover everything.
Just comparing math curriculum has me stressed out about using the "best" one and how to make that decision.