[caption id="attachment_70" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Old School Building. "Learn to Live. Live to Learn" over doorway.[/caption]
Everyone has a "style" even if they can't classify it. For us, we aim for Classical Homeschooling, but things fall and then even out around Relaxed Homeschooling. It seems to work for us.
What is Classical? Idealistically, the Classical educational philosophy is to fill the soul with goodness, truth, and beauty. Typically, older, "classic" literature contains beautiful language, ideals of goodness, and kernels of truth; so that's a good place to start. Quite often, older, more classic subjects like Latin and Logic are studied, because they train the mind, and that training helps us to understand those principals of truth better, and help us to appreciate beauty. Or, at least that's my understanding of it:)
What is Relaxed Homeschooling? Everyone has a different definition, but here's mine. Relaxed homeschooling is where you find that balance in your homeschooling style that is just right for you. It's the kind of day that had a few challenges, but it wasn't horribly exhausting. You come away feeling that everyone learned something, but you didn't feel pushed past your limits. You don't feel like you're going to crash and burn if you were to repeat that same day x 180+. Imagine that it is the 1st day of a new year, and you are going to exercise and eat right - that is your goal. But imagine that you go from running 0 miles, to running several, all in one day. You cut your calories significantly. And maybe the scales even budge a bit for you. Hooray! But is it sustainable? Can you maintain that kind of progress every day? Probably not. You just aren't built for that kind of workout yet. And I think the same thing happens in homeschooling. You get your Big Box of Books and you swear a thousand oaths that you are going to be true to the text; but then within a short time, you burn out. Maybe you got the kids through their schooling, but you're frazzled and ugly. It affects your relationships. It affects everything. It isn't long before you start cutting back, dropping things, letting go of other things...and finding that sweet spot. That sweet spot is my definition of relaxed homeschooling.