I have a 6 year old and a three (almost 4) year old and a 15 month old. This is our second year homeschooling (DS1 is in "first grade). We're off to a good start with our routine and such, and I'm feeling good about how intentional and consistent I'm being with our studies.
Well, I'm just thinking about stuff that we're teaching/learning. What's the point of it all? A lot of it, I think DS is learning as he goes and at his own pace and on his own initiative, etc, but the other stuff? Like he knows how to read (and so does DD- both basically self-taught), they obviously learned their letters and numbers at a pretty early age (by age two), DS is learning different aspects of math, like adding, subtracting, now he's talking about wanting to learn multiplication. He likes science and social studies, but some of the topics we cover I just kind of pick randomly, I've been reviewing the standard things for his particular level, and I'm just like, "oh, we haven't covered that yet!" and find activities to do based on that. The lessons, etc seem to go over well, but then I can ask the next day (or even later in the day) what we learned about and he's like "I don't know."
For example: yesterday, we had a lesson on MLK (inspired by the recent 50 year mark of the "I have a dream" speech) and we did a brief study on his life (like, very brief!) and watched a Scholastic video on Netflix of a book that was written about him, and did a coloring sheet. Neither DS or DD seemed particularly "moved" by any of it though, and I thought they might, especially because they are biracial...but nothing. Today I asked what we learned about yesterday, and he couldn't remember. Neither could DD.
I went to public school, and I remember vaguely learning about some of this sort of stuff, but I don't know exactly how much of it "stuck", you know? I think I've learned far more as an adult outside of school, and found many more things interesting than I did in school. School was boring to me. Especially high school. But now, as a woman in my thirties, I'm so much more interested in history and literature, and other stuff, that I'm now seriously wondering what the point is of teaching children certain things while they are young.
I agree with the principles of child-led learning (I guess to a certain extent), but I was hoping to be more intentional- unless Dr Seuss immersion is acceptable at this age. Lol! (Somewhat kidding). Last year, I think we basically ended up unschooling. We tried Five in a Row for a bit, but I had trouble finding some of the books. I didn't like how it was all "you *could* do this or you *could* do that" (obviously not exactly a quote- but that's how it seemed- lots of suggestions, no clear cut direction, again, so it seemed...I know lots of people love FIAR, and it's awesome in theory, and we may go back to it at some point). Also last year was difficult since it was our first year, AND we had a baby in the house (now having a toddler comes with a new set of challenges, but so far it seems manageable).
Anyway! All that to say, how does everyone plan their homeschool studies? How do you know your kids are learning? Does anyone unschool, and how is it working for you if you do?