I am a huge, enormous, gigantic bookworm. I love all things classical: classical literature, the arts, and history. I’ve worked as an editor for several years and I’ve always dreamed of being a novelist.
Naturally, I would love to spend all of my homeschooling days doing nothing but sitting in a library with my children gathered around as we pore over the classic works of A.A. Milne, Rudyard Kipling, and Jane Austen.
My ultimate goal in homeschooling is to prepare my children for life, which means teaching them skills that will make them employable. As much I as I value literature and history, the trend in employment is veering sharply away from the humanities and firmly into technology, healthcare, foreign language, and education. Which means it’s time for me to make a homeschooling U-turn.
Now I am NOT saying that there is no value in studying the classics or in learning humanities. We’ll continue to cover those subjects in our homeschool lessons. But starting with this year, we’ll be incorporating foreign language (which we already love) even more and adding in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education.
While I love foreign language learning, I am a total newbie at STEM education. I’ve never been terribly interested in science and I’ve never consciously participated in an engineering project before, except maybe Legos. 🙂 So it will be interesting to try these topics in our homeschool this year!
Have you ever made an abrupt shift in your homeschooling focus? Tell us about your homeschooling U-Turns in the comments!