Focus is key!
To be successful in homeschool, find your focus!
Focus on the child's nature.
"And God said, "Let there be light." and there was light. And God saw that the light was good."
Light isn't the thing you see so much as it is the thing BY WHICH you see. Children are made in the image of God and if we hope to have a successful homeschool experience, we must see them by this light. Children are loving, curious creators with their own will, and should be honored as such. The Buckets homeschool curriculum contains no religious instruction, but it is faith based in nature because it places faith in the nature of each child to be an upright, responsible citizen driven by curiosity and love. The Hearts & Hands Homeschool community is committed to seeing and teaching by the Light of Love.
Focus on Best Practices
"Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.” Proverbs 13:10
Many educators, scientists, philosophers and prophets have come before us. Each gifted the world with a special wisdom. We are blessed to be the receivers of such minds! Buckets is inspired by Montessori's methods. The curriculum contains a list of thematically linked living books in honor of Charlotte Mason. Thematic work allows for the Reggio Emilia practice of loose parts exploration. The science of reading is a growing body of data that insists upon the necessity of explicit phonics and phonological instruction. We now know reading MUST be built upon sound and math MUST be built upon personal, physical manipulation of quantity. The Buckets homeschool curriculum synthesizes best practices from all who have come before us to provide a successful experience.
Focus on the nature of the child.
Focus on best practices
Focus on responsibility
Focus on family
Focus on Small Goals
"Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself..." Matthew 6:34
There is no need to bite off an entire year at a time. It is sufficient to focus on the tasks at hand. The Buckets curriculum provides small goals for each child so that the year may take care of itself. Perhaps you have heard the expression, "Mind your pennies and your dollars will mind themselves." Each month comes with a small list of goals. Play with your child, these materials, and the monthly goals in mind, and the massive undertaking that is schooling your child will seem to care for itself. As your child masters each set of monthly goals, they will learn that they are capable of mastering goals. That is a wonderful lesson indeed!