Discuss unschooling, eclectic, the unit study approach, or any other "unusual" homeschooling method.
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What I'm looking for at the moment is affirmation, advice, and encouragement. About two years ago, I had to return to work full time for financial reasons. Up to that point we had been enjoying the full time homeschool lifestyle. I had originally hoped to continue, but was forced to send my kids to school as the only affordable source of babysitting since I was unable to garner the amount support from my husband and our parents that was needed. While I couldn't fault them not feeling up to the task of regular babysitting, I do have to admit to feeling rather prickly about their assertions that, "it would be too much, I couldn't possibly handle it." At this point I have to chastise myself as it took me almost a year to deal with the anger, frustration, and depression that came from this and I failed my children miserably during this period. This new year, after watching my children make little to no academic progress and receive none of the exposure to the wonders of science, history, arts, and knowledge they had prior, I finally found the conviction to reintroduce homeschool to our home. Now, however, I'm am finding myself struggling to fit the joy and wonders of learning into the scant hours stolen from between work, school, and activity schedules while still keeping the freedom of play and exploration time that young children need. I've done my best to pare down our previous workload to accomodate this. At the moment, I'm attempting a minimalist curriculum of core subjects mostly in workbook form and one secondary unit study in either history, science, or fine arts over one to two weeks that includes elements of all. While they generally seem excited, I worry about spending too much of our limited free time pushing more school on them. Any words of wisdom you can share would be greatly appreciated.
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