Although we don’t like to put labels on ourselves, there have been several themes that define our homeschool and our family. These themes haven’t come around by design, but by practice. Over time, a pattern has developed, of things that we tend to do, like to do, and which fit in with our family culture.
Five of our homeschool themes:
1) Music. As I type this, we have two different music sources filling the room with song. This happens often. I have music on in the back, the kids are in the front, and they put on their music. When I sit in the middle of the house to work, I hear both. Music is everywhere in our lives. We’re either listening to or producing music.
2) Technology. We love technology, engineering, how things work, moving into the future. We are early adopters if we can afford it. We’re very curious about new technology when we can’t afford it. We’re always updating, changing, and moving forward.
3) Books. Books are our life blood. All of us. Different kinds of books for each person. Yes, even textbooks and workbooks. We aren’t book snobs. We read everything.
4) Games. Video, board, card, word, and communication games. Games are our life blood. Wait, I thought I said that books were. Well, games are too. In fact, the reason the kids turned on the music in the front (even though there is music in the back), is because they wanted to use it to play a game they made up.
5) Walking around. We just love to do things that require that we, well, walk around. We take walks, we go to the mall, we go to the farmer’s market, we go to Disneyland, we go to museums…we love walking around. And I hadn’t even realized it until I was thinking about this list, and trying to come up with common themes that run through everything we do, and drive our direction. We like to go places that allow us to walk around and enjoy the world, and each other.
Those are 5 of our themes. What are 5 of yours?