I had a new homeschool Mom call me up for a bit of advice. She wanted to know what she should do to homeschool in her current situation. They will be living up near Idaho City in a small RV for the rest of the Spring and Summer. They have no computer, no electronic devices, no money really, no space and they want to homeschool their 12 year old daughter.
My first reaction was shock. I honestly could not imagine homeschool without the internet or a whole room to store all my neat homeschool stuff in-or so I thought. In helping this mother I realized how very little we really NEED to homeschool. Sometimes we are so consumed by the newest math software or the best science kits that we can lose sight of how simple homeschooling really can be.
This mom was mostly concerned about missing something in her daughter education. I recommended the What Your ___ Grader Needs To Know book series by E.D Hirsch because it is cheap, easy to find, and offered a great overview for all the subjects so she can see what she has or hasn't covered in her daughters education.
Thinking on it, the only other recommendations I had for her were access to a library for good books and making sure her daughter was doing some sort of reading, writing, and math each day. Other than that just looking for educational opportunities around them, like all the amazing nature up there, and facilitating learning things her daughter was interested in were my only other thoughts. Throw in some minimal school supplies and you've got yourself a fully functioning homeschool.
What about you? If you had to suddenly be a homesteader and could only bring what you could fit in a back pack what would you take to homeschool your kids?
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