Homeschooling is a culture, with its own little eccentricities and things that everyone seems to know about or do. When I first got into the homeschool world, I found that there were a lot of books, curricula, games, and other resources that were new to me, many of which are excellent. But there are some homeschooling things that I just do not get.
I guess they’re kind of cute, if you’re into cutting and pasting? It’s not like I think there’s anything wrong with lapbooking, but when I made my first forays into the homeschool world, I felt like if I saw another link to a “free lapbook” I would scream. I don’t get the mass appeal.
2. Homeschool Tracker
I did not start homeschooling in order to do data entry. I have no idea what people even use this for. For some of these things, I’m being a little tongue in cheek. I understand the basic premise, it just doesn’t resonate with me. But this is a case where I genuinely do not know what the purpose of this is.
Okay, I do sort of get this, but I can’t imagine using one. I plan what I need to plan, but I do not need a book where I write which pages of Explode the Code we’re going to do two months from now, or even a week from now or ever. When they’re done, they’re done. So much easier.
4. Life of Fred
I like the concept, but the story is all over the place and just plain weird. Plus, the graphic design is abysmal! I wanted to like it so much and I kept flirting with the idea of buying it because the idea of a storybook based math curriculum is nice, but I just do not get this one at all and the massive popularity baffles me.
5. Curricula with DVD’s
I’m sure it’s very useful to have a DVD that tells you how to teach, but I know that for me, there’s just no way I would ever watch it in a million years.
6. McGuffy Readers
Some vintage resources are neat, I guess? But I think my children would hate reading if this was their reading curriculum. Then again, “reading curricula” could have been one of the the things on this list that I don’t get.
It’s a dead language. I mean, I get that it’s useful as a vocabulary and grammar jumping off point, but so are French and Spanish, which are both actually spoken by millions of people. And I don’t expect my children will become classics professors, so I’m not sure what the point is.
For non-farm people anyway. When I first started reading online homeschool groups, I was really floored by how many people apparently do 4-H. I’m sure it’s fun and all, but I don’t get it.
9. Preschool Curricula
I get preschool resources, but full-on preschool curricula with lesson plans and so forth I do not get at all. I thought I was overeager to start when my kids were young, but at age three we were not doing anything that could remotely be called “curricula.”
10. Thornton Burgess
I like some vintage books, but some of them not so much. Case in point.
They do make me chuckle now though.
12. Khan Academy
I don’t dislike it or anything and it’s a neat resource I guess. I could imagine using bits of it in some ways maybe at some point. But as that’s a far cry from the adoration most people feel, I’m pretty sure I don’t get it.