While you're on holiday break, you may want to check out this free homeschool curiculum and lesson plans option for K-12th. Ambleside Online is popular with homeschool families who love literature, nature, and time to pursue hobbies & practical skills. The curriculum is not necessarily easy, but with short lessons and plenty of time outdoors, children thrive on it. I felt like fresh air came into our homeschool when I was introduced to this style of learning. It suits my personality well! And our children have done very well with it. Our eldest is a freshman in college now, and he was mostly taught with Ambleside Online books.
"Ambleside Online is a free homeschool curriculum designed to be as close as possible to the curriculum that Charlotte Mason used in her own private and correspondence schools. Our goal is to be true to Charlotte Mason's high literary standards. Ambleside Online uses the highest quality books and costs no more than the cost of texts. The curriculum uses as many free online books as possible, and there is no cost to use this information or join the support group." ~ from Ambleside Online's description
A little encouragement: If the book lists and schedule at first seem overwhelming, look again. The children are not sitting for 8 hours at a desk. Rather, they are reading and studying in small amounts, to have time to absorb the information.
An added benefit: most of the texts used in Ambleside Online are free, as most are classics!
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(the photo above is of our 16-year-old daughter, in the North Carolina mountains)