In this awesome new world of Fun-Schooling, there is this wonderfully beautiful way in which it’s founder, as I like to call her, organizes her children’s Fun-Schooling books and learning materials for the year. She takes baskets of all sizes, depending on the age of the child and the number of materials they will use for the year and in them she places together everything they will be using along with their Fun-Schooling journals.
The baskets include things like books they want to read for both fun reading and educational reading, magazines, their Fun-Schooling journals, of course, markers, colored pencils, flashcards or games. Each basket specifically tailored to that child’s interests and learning goals for the year.
As I am new to this journey and I am starting smack dab in the middle of the year, I am a bit limited on my own personal resources so I am using library books and we are limited to pretty much one Fun-Schooling journal for right now. After the first of the year, when my husband and I have had time to really sit down and discuss my new vision for our homeschool, I will be trying to gather some more Fun-Schooling journals as well as ordering some coordinating materials, supplies and books from Amazon to help enhance his learning each day.
The goal behind Fun-Schooling? To use delight directed educational avenues to teach your children through the use of library books or purchased books of your child’s desire to help them focus on the things they are passionate about and want to learn about. The biggest and most beautiful thing about Fun-Schooling is that it focuses on your child’s strengths and not their weaknesses, it allows them to right now, right where they are think about what they love to do or learn about or see and then begin to explore it fully and begin to build a foundation of learning about the things that will help them to grow into the career choice they want to someday call their own. It gives a child the opportunity to dream about their future and dive into the things, ideas and steps that will help them turn that dream into a reality.
So what does this look like exactly? Well, it looks a little like this:
This is our beginning basket. I call it our beginning basket because we are just beginning our journey and so we are still working to combine a list of the things we want to learn about. Our first goal was to go to the library on Tuesday and find books that would help my son to learn about the top 4 things he listed he wanted to learn about in his journal: 1. 10 generations after Jubal and Tubal Cain, 2. small dinosaurs, 3. the human body, and 4. volcanoes. These are only a few of the books we got. The others are in our library bag. Once he reads one book and fully has all the information he desires to take from it, we will replace it with another book. In our basket you will also find his Arithmetic book, a Writing book, his Minecraft Book of Secrets “diary”, His Bible lesson workbooks (we use ACE for this for right now but there are some amazing Fun-Schooling ones I hope to get and use instead!), and his Apologia Flying Creatures Junior Notebooking Journal. My son LOVES Math and Science. They are favorite subjects. He has done very well with ABeka Math so we will keep that to supplement with our Fun-Schooling Math journals once we get one of them and we will also keep his Science as he LOVES Apologia. It is very hands on and creative and fun. If he loves it we keep it and if it steals his joy, in the closet it is going until I sale them at the end of the school year or donate them.
NO MORE JOY THIEVES IN OUR HOME!!!!!!
Fun-Schooling also looks a little like this:
Today we only got our Math done. We didn’t even really get to do any pages from our Fun-Schooling Journal and you know what? I don’t even feel guilty! Why? Because today, Mister M got a LOT of physical education as we played dodge ball, jumped in a bounce house and played tag with our Military Homeschool Group. He got in a LOT of reading today due to the Book Swap the group was hosting and we got SO many new and amazing books while we got to trade in some old ones that were duplicates or were books we wouldn’t be rereading. Do you notice any particular books in there that stand out? In case you didn’t, we found TWO different books that are about the Human Body, one of the things Mister M wants to learn about this year. We were so happy to snag them up. He read all the way home, read to his baby sister at my doctor’s appointment, read all the way home again and then read up until dinner and our friends arrived for playdate and cupcakes! There is also a couple of Geronimo books we snagged that include dinosaurs in their story!!! Double Win! And of course, we got so many other amazing books as well and a fun I Spy Game. Have I mentioned I have a book problem? We’ll talk more about that later.
Fun-schooling also looks a little like this:
Mister M has a huge heart for community service. He is always trying to think of ways that he can do something to help or bless others in his community so we look for every opportunity we can to do things in the community. Our Military Homeschool Group made Christmas ornaments and then delivered them to a local Senior Adult Living Apartment Complex where they sang Christmas Carols and gave out lots of hugs. On the ride there and back, we took note of the things we saw in our community we might not have seen yet. Colors on the trees, birds we saw in yards, and other things all around us. When we got home, he recorded some of those things in his Science Nature Book he created for his Notebooking Journal.
I don’t have this all quite figured out yet but what I have discovered is that learning takes place in EVERY thing we do together. It’s when we work through Arithmetic worksheets, make bird houses for Science, when we sing Christmas carols, when we go to the library, when we build, when we talk and when we cuddle together to read a good book. Our education happens in every moment of every day and it truly can be FUN. It can be delightful and wonderful and it can teach my son to explore. create, and think outside the box. This entire week has been full of smiles and wonder. There have been zero arguments over school time or tears shed from frustration and chaos and feeling “behind”. For the first time in two years, it has felt like FREEDOM.
Fun-Schooling has been AMAZING so far and we are both so excited for tomorrow! As I purchase and gather more of the Fun-Schooling Journals, I will take some pictures of those to show you as well and let you see what we are doing in them and with them each day! And of course, I will share life and other fun details because that’s just what I do.
If you feel like you relate to where I have been and where I am going, perhaps Fun-Schooling will help you find your joy again too! Don’t be afraid to take a risk, to break away from the mold, to let go of your expectations. Sometimes the greatest journeys in life come when we stop following a map and just drive.
If I have peaked your interest, stay tuned. There is SO much more to come!
In Christ’s Love,