We're getting to the age where everyone seems to be talking about it. Public school? Private school? Homeschool? What are you doing? But OMG aren't you so worried about XYZ?!??
We madly lurve the Kid's Montessori pre-school, but--financially--when we decided he was having a sibling it was a de facto decision to public school once he reaches kindergarten/first grade. We could have swung one in private school, but two is...well, it's a lot.
And--horrific developments in public school funding in the state of Kansas aside--there are a lot of good reasons to do public school. If I didn't love the Montessori, get-out-of-your-chair, use-your-hands, follow-the-child thing so much, it wouldn't even be a hard question for me.
That all being said, I'll admit, the "method" that feels most right for me is actually a bit of a hybrid. Public school--hell yes!--but with a side of homeschool or un-school or "let's dive headfirst into what you're interested in right now". Not to get him into college, not to help him score higher on his ACT, but just because learning about stuff is fun and it's good to be a curious human being.
And what the Kid is interested in right now is Dusty Crophopper.
I first got the idea when I watched this video of kids trying lunches from around the world. "I wonder what the Kid would think of those lunches?" I wondered, "That would be really fun to do as a family."
And from there, it was a hop, skip, and a jump to trying food from the countries Dusty visits in his "Wings Around the Globe Rally". And if we were going to try the food, we might as well make it a geography/cultural lesson, too, right? Right!
So, for each country Dusty visits (Iceland, Germany, India, Nepal, China, Mexico, U.S.A) we're....
- FINDing the country on a map
- READing a few books
- WATCHing some sort of video
- SPEAKing a few words in the appropriate language, and
- EATing one local food
One country a week is (so far) keeping it manageable, and I've been offering up prizes (corresponding Planes racers) as we "arrive" in each country.
It's sort of age/interest specific, so I don't really know if it will actually be helpful to anyone, but I've started a "Wings Around the Globe" Pinterest board that I'm updating each week as we go along.
We're only on the second "leg" of the "race", but it's killing me how much fun we're all having learning about the different countries. From learning about the Vikings to roping my dad into teaching the Kid to count to 10 in German....for serious, I can't imagine how learning about geography and culture could get much better.