So, a bit of background - I have a 3yr old, almost 2 yr old and a 3 month old. So I will be busy, which is a big factor in what type of homeschooling I do.
I am immediately drawn to Oak Meadow. A major thing that holds me back is I feel like we wouldn't be able to relate to some of the content, mostly the stories, but seeing how storytelling in so important for young children, I feel like that is a big thing.
We are Mexican-American and fairies and gnomes and things like that just don't have any meaning to us. I looked through the books that Oak Meadow suggests, like Little house on the prairie for example, and although I bet they are awesome books with great points of views, and I totally love the historical aspect of it, if I homeschool, I want our point of view to shine through, you know? We have books with amazing stories of gods and goddesses of the Aztecs. Christoper Columbus is a sore subject with my dh (lol) so even though he is a historical figure that would be taught, he would never be seen as a "hero" who found America in this house (or even in this region haha.) If I sign up through Oak Meadow, could I swap out the stories? Make them our own? And I don't mean to upset anyone that teaches with that point of view, it is just very important for our family to pass down our own history. Our family never settled anywhere (at least recently.) Most of our family never even came to the US from Mexico. The border moved then all of a sudden, they were in the US!
I like the feeling and the pace of Waldorf type curriculum, but I need something more meaningful to my family as a whole. How do I do that? I don't know enough about homeschooling to pick and choose what I like from different web sites. I need a starting off point, starting from scratch or unschooling will not work. My husband and I have met in the middle - he wants a structured, professional curriculum and I want something that is sensitive to my own learning and teaching abilities, and to my kids own learning style. I feel like kids don't need any formal type of schooling until they are much older, and here in CA, kids don't need to start school until age 6, if I am correct, yet my dh would like ds1 to do a "preschool." So that is another reason Oak Meadow appealed to me, since it is so play based and more about "rhythms" than number learning.
Did anyone go through this? I feel like this is a cultural issue, and in our families, absolutely no one is homeschooling or doing anything of this sort. I am reaching out to anyone that has any help for me!
(sorry for any typos, NAK here.)