Should Homeschooling Be Fun?

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Some months back I was reading a homeschooling article where the author contended that one of the problems with the education system today is that learning is expected to be “fun” all the time.  And I agree with her.

On the other hand, I often talk on this blog about ways you can keep your child engaged and make homeschooling relaxed and enjoyable.

So which is it: should homeschooling be fun or not?

Well, I think the answer is: both.  In other words, I’m of the opinion that homeschooling should be enjoyable, but that doesn’t mean your kids have to love everything they do.

For instance, most kids are not going to love math.  Oh yes, there is the occasional youngster who will revel in their math day after day.  But the way I look at it is, as long as your child is learning and making progress and not totally frustrated with their math…that is good enough!

On the other hand, when it comes to subjects such as history or geography or science I think it’s wise to choose curriculum that you and your kids can be enthusiastic about.

In my recent post “Can You Teach Science Without Textbooks?” I pointed out that for many years I used 4-H for my children’s science curriculum.  At the time the workbooks were free and the kids could get recognized at the annual 4-H banquet for what they had completed.  Nowadays, you can buy 4-H workbooks online.  You might also look into your local 4-H extension office to see what opportunities are available there.  My point is that, especially in grades K-8, there’s no reason to be tied to a textbook to teach science.

When it comes to history, there are some great curriculums out there that also don’t require the use of textbooks.  I personally use Greenleaf Press.  I’ve also read that “A History of US” is a curriculum highly recommended by homeschoolers.

For geography I’ve used the “Maps, Charts, and Graphs” series for a couple of decades now!  Also, games such as Brainbox World can make teaching geography – dare I say it – fun.

To sum up, I think that discipline and hard work should be an integral part of our homeschooling, especially when it comes to a subject like math.  But I also think that homeschooling can, and should, be fun and enjoyable.  Striking the right balance is key.

What do you think?  Should homeschooling be fun? Let me know in the comments below.

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