Can you Fun-School with Textbooks & Boxed Curriculum?

One of the top questions we get is how to combine our journals with textbooks and boxed curriculum. We hope this information will help you learn how to do just that in your homeschool!

  • What is meant by boxed curriculum?
    • These are curricula put together w/ a specific schedule, scope/sequence, and structure. 
    • It is the most “traditional” method of homeschooling. 
    • They may or may not actually come in a box 🙂 
    • May cover one subject or be a set curriculum for multiple subjects
  • Textbooks
    • Most often used for middle and high school
    • Can be used in younger ages too
    • If your student is college-bound, many families like to use some textbooks to get their students used to them
      • We have college students use our journals to document their learning, organize notes, and make things more fun! 
  • How to Fun-School with these materials
    • You don’t need a textbook or other curricula to Fun-School. Most often families come to Fun-Schooling and want to use up what they already have so they look to combine.
      • All you need are library books, documentaries/podcasts, and sometimes internet access.
      • There are about 30,000 of you on the group and thousands more who aren’t here. 
      • Everyone does things a little differently and that’s great! 
    • One option is to use a core/pocket core journals to document learning on lots of subjects. Works great w/ textbook or curriculum.
    • Many families like to use the curriculum as a loose guide and prefer to have their students go at their own pace and use the journals to answer questions, make notes, etc. 
    • Choose journals that go along with the subject you’re studying. Check the video below for suggestions on journals to use for each subject alongside your preferred curricula or text book.

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How to Fun-School with Reggio Emilia

What is Reggio Emilia?

  • An educational philosophy developed in the 1960s
    • Named after the town in which it was developed
    • Founded by Loris Malaguzzi who wanted children to have a more holistic education after the war
    • Similar in many ways to Montessori and Waldorf
    • Come to the US in the 90s

Main Focuses of a Reggio Emilia education

  • Teachers learn with children
    • Teacher/sparents are seen as guides and the primary learning is child-led
    • Suggestions are only made if the child asks for them
  • Play-based, especially in the younger years
  • Self-directed
    • When a child expresses interest/curiosity in a subject/topic, that is what the child is invited to explore
  • Education is highly focused on involving and engaging all the senses
  • Children are given control over their learning
    • Lots of project-based learning
    • Documentation is important, learning journals are kept and utilized daily

Other tidbits

  • “Hundred Languages of Children”
    • Written by the founder and addresses how children are natural communicators and communicate through a variety of methods such as art, writing, drama, speech, etc
  • The classroom/learning environment is referred to as the “third teacher”
    • Space is kept clutter-free, organized, and full of natural materials
    • It is not a “prepared environment” like in Montessori, rather an environment children can play, learn, research, and grow.

How to combine Fun-Schooling with Reggio Emilia and peek inside Reggio Emilia-friendly journals
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