We've been battling for the last few months to define just what it is we hope to accomplish. There are certain things that are non-negotiable, that kids must learn. We call these the 4 R's: reading, writing, 'rithmetic, and religion.
The rest is important, but not on the absolutely-must level.
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We've found that standard curricula teach "to the test." That is, there is a pre-defined body of knowledge to which the student must adhere. Then, the student is tested on what he retains from said body of knowledge, and moves on to the next body of knowledge. Each subject is taught independently, leading to many tests and quizzes.
Oft referred to as the "Scholastic Approach," Wife and I have been calling this "school (at home)." It leads to an approach in which each subject can be imagined in its own silo. Sure, it's the same farm, but with separation of silos, it is hard to see how all of the ingredients come together.
We don't want school (at home).
We want homeschool.