What is Funschooling? Maybe you’ve never even heard of it or you’ve heard of it in passing and want to know more. In this post, I’m going to explain what homeschooling is, and how we use it in our Charlotte Mason inspired homeschool.
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What is Funschooling?
Funschooling was created by Sarah Janisse Brown. It inspires children to explore their passions through delight-directed homeschooling.
*Side note: Funschooling is not unschooling.
What is delight directed learning?
Delight directed learning allows your child’s passions and interests to be the guide when choosing what to learn about throughout your homeschool year. When learning about what they love, school becomes fun & delightful for the child!
Sarah Janisse Brown talks about getting to know your child’s interests by talking to them & observing them as they play. Her journal Flip to Funschooling has an explanation of learning styles & space to interview your child to find out their interests.
She has several mom school journals (Flip to Funschooling is one) which are perfect for mother culture! She encourages you to learn along side your child and follow your passions.
Funschooling Journals & How to Use Them
Funschooling centers around journals & library books or books you have in your home. At first glance, the journals appear to be very simple and repetitive. But… keep in mind that these journals are just a guide for learning. They are meant to be a flexible way of learning, not a structured curriculum.
When paired with library books, the journals make up your curriculum.
The funschooling journals are super easy to use. In a core journal, you choose 8-9 books on topics that interest your child. You’ll pair a core journal with a few other journals of choice if you’re wanting to make funschooling your sole curriculum. The only thing you’ll need to add in is math.
What We Love About Funschooling
Funschooling gives us the flexibility that we need in our homeschool while I’m feeling sick.
Read:Homeschooling With a Chronic Illness
This year I’ve struggled with some health issues that have really thrown a wrench in our original homeschooling plans. I really wanted our homeschool plans to work & to keep pushing through, but it wasn’t possible. I had to come up with a way to have more independent homeschooling curriculum & still hold true to our Charlotte Mason ispired philosphy.
I was so uspet thinking that I may have to compromise our homeschool philosophy because of this illness, but then I found Funschooling journals. I was able to stick to a mostly Charlotte Mason style homeschool method. It has been a tremendous blessing.
Funschooling & Charlotte Mason
So, how does funschooling measure up to a Charlotte Mason inspired philosophy?
Before I go into further detail I want to mention that there is a funschool journal that is specific to the Charlotte Mason method. You can always choose to go with that journal or you can choose a different core journal.
Here are a few similar things that funschooling can incorporate regardless of the core journal you use.
- living books (you can incorporate whatever books you choose!)
- artist studies (in some of the journals)
- mother culture
- narration practice
- nature study
- and more.
I have seen a lot of Charlotte Mason inspired tidbits in these journals. I think they could work perfectly for someone to throw into their Charlotte Mason inspired curriculum.
Our Favorite Funschooling Journals
If you’re interested in seeing inside any of these journals, I recommend watching a YouTube video that gives you a peek inside. I’ve been able to find a video for just about every journal.
The Charlotte Mason Homeschool Journal: & Delight Directed Learning Handbook
Spelling Time – Master the Top 150 Misspelled Words: Do-It-Yourself Homeschooling
Learn Any Foreign Language: Handbook for Students
Heroes & Villains of History – You be the Judge: Time Travel World History