Michelle Duggar recently sat down with Alpha Omega Publications, the organization from which the Duggars purchase their homeschool curricula for grades three through twelve. (Click here for a list of the education resources that they recommend.) Below is a snippet of the interview. Visit the AOP website for more.
AOP: How many hours of formal education do your children typically receive each day?
Michelle: We spend approximately four hours a day in formal schooling in core subjects with additional music lessons.
AOP: Where do you homeschool, and how do you organize your homeschooling supplies, educational toys, and each child's daily schoolwork?
We have a schoolroom/playroom with lockers and storage bins for each
child. Plus computer stations are set up throughout the house for
individual learning study with the children who use the Switched-On Schoolhouse curriculum from Alpha Omega Publications.
AOP: How has Switched-On Schoolhouse benefited your family's homeschooling?
Michelle: The information and instructions are presented so well in Switched-On Schoolhouse (SOS) that the older children can work independently and
rarely need help or have questions. That frees up more of my time and
makes teaching math easier now, too. Plus the lectures and
mini-tutorials provide clear and concise explanations of the concepts
being covered. The children really enjoy SOS and look forward to doing
part of their studies each day on the computer. My daughter Jessa has
taken on the responsibility of administering and assigning the SOS
lessons each day. Her siblings say that she is tougher than Mom when
reassigning lessons that haven't been completed properly.
AOP: What's the most important organizational advice you would give to a first-time homeschooling parent?
Michelle: Don't overextend, and go easy on yourself... Most
of all, have fun and just enjoy the gift of your children and the
process of learning together.
Full interview on the AOP website.