Thoughts on Socialization

A valid concern for any parent, not just home schooled parents is socialization. The biggest complaint by anti-home schoolers is that home schooled children lack in social skills. In the following I would like to touch on some points to help home schooling parents both new and veteran. Socialization is definitely a concern, but really not the only concern when it comes to raising the next generation.

Traditional Homeschooling vs. Unschooling

A funny thing happened when doing research on unschooling, I found that I had many, many misconceptions of what it really was. I homeschool four children in a “traditional” atmosphere, and I always thought of unschooling as a bit “hippyish”. I feel that I made a mistake in my rash generalization of traditional homeschooling as opposed to unschooling.

Unschooling

Unschooling, also known as organic or child-led learning, is a form of home-schooling that does not utilize a formal, pre-packaged curriculum or rigid lesson plans. Instead, unschooling families choose to draw their educational resources from a multitude of sources, mainly hands-on activities as opposed to texts, and "use the whole world as their child's classroom".

The One Room Schoolhouse

So how does one school several children at different grade levels? Or rather, how does one keep his or her sanity when having to teach several grade levels? Speaking from experience, this writer has a difficult time with it! The following is some tips and tricks when teaching several grade levels at once.

Our Holy Symbols

The holy symbols of our faith are numerous. Many people have heard of the runes even if they do not know much about them. But there are many other holy symbols which may be less well known.

The Classical Method

For generations up to the Industrial Revolution, children were educated according to the Trivium of the Classical method. This method was credited for creating such leaders as George Washington and philosophers such as Aristotle. It is hoped that every family can use this method to enhance their own educational methods!

Education

The education of Our children is one of the most important jobs that we as Odinists can perform. Even if we choose to have our children educated through an outside source such as public/state/private schools, our children learn their truest lessons at home. In this section of Acorn Hollow we provide Parent-Teachers tools, advice, and lessons to better educate their children.

In Memory of Lydia Lynch

We have suffered a great loss. One of our darling children has left us to the other side. Her name was Lydia Lynch and she was six years old.