One of my favorite things about homeschooling is that I can individualize the instruction to meet the needs, interests, and experiences of our family. I plan instruction based on the things that Abigail enjoys, as well as things we do. Over the summer, we took a vacation to Costa Rica. To prepare Abigail, I created units on animals that we would see. We studied frogs, sea turtles, monkeys, and crabs.
We have also recently made trips to the aquarium, the zoo, and a pumpkin patch and followed up our trips with lessons and units based on things that we saw.
Because I create my own curriculum, I can create learning based on our experiences. Being able to connect our learning units to her daily experiences helps solidify Abigail's learning and makes her more excited about "doing school". I am so glad that I have the freedom to teach Abigail about the things that are meaningful to her!