Home Education

More on home education…



For us, our guideposts through a day:

~Prayer, memorization, Bible Reading, hymn singing

~2 hours a day of Reading —especially before they are five



~Reading Living Books (history, science, geography, literature, poetry, art appreciation)

(for lists of living books see here: Ambleside Online, 1000 Good Books, Real Learning Booklist)



~Bluedorn’s Ten Things to Do before the age of Ten was formative for us as we began

~ readings happen in Circle Time (and explore Kendra’s circle time posts), or known as Morning Time (Cindy of Dominion Family mentored a small email loop long before blogs, and she was used of God to help shape what our homeschooling looked like… her morning time posts are priceless gems, worth printing out and praying over) …

~Latin, math, grammar/writing/spelling

~apprenticing to real life: 2 hours of barn work daily, and then household chores

And at day’s end, we think on our Seven Daily Rungs, the seven things which we endeavor to learn and do daily, to live holistically, our one-piece life.

And these books that have shaped our course… Possible readings for the summer hammock?

~Laying Down Rails –before embarking on any homeschool journey, regardless of paradigm or philosophy, may I humbly offer that this is where to begin. Because it is all about habits. What rails you lay down will take you somewhere. Lay them well. I will be re-reading my well-worn, much noted copy this summer.

~Seven Lesson School Teacher (available online by John Taylor Gatto, NYC Teacher of the Year and NY State Teacher of the year–see here for his acceptance speech)

~Real Learning: Although written from a Catholic perspective, there is much here to be gleaned, much to chew on, much to embrace–real learning in a real home. With a Charlotte Mason philosophy, this book sings with the joy of authentic living and joyful learning. Inspiring and practical, I’m rereading this also this summer. (Her suggested reading lists of living books throughout the elementary years can be read online here.)

~For the Children’s Sake: The summer of my third year of university, my sister-in-law loaned me this book. And God began to give a different vision of what our children’s lives could look like.

~Christine Miller’s Classical Christian Homeschooling: Our oldest was 4 when I found Christine Miller’s site. I had so many questions…

~A Charlotte Mason Companion, a very worthwhile guidepost that I revisit often and keep beside my bed…

~A wise homeschooling mother’s memorable blog post deeply impacted our journey: “Homeschooling Heresies”

~And this profound article, on how to avoid pitfalls in homeschooling which I read again, and again, and so wish I had in the beginning.

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To delve deeper, we’ve been blessed by:

~this complete Charlotte Mason curriculum, the PNEU curriculum for gr. 1-12–inspiration!

~ the Ambleside curriculum

~ Veritas Press’ curriculum, and their online scholars program for our upper elementary learners, along with the Teaching Company courses

But really, curriculum is not the road on which homeschoolers travel. Whether what lines the shelf is of a Charlotte Mason bent, or classical, Abeka or Sonlight, Tapestry of Grace or Bob Jones is of secondary importance.

We travel on The Way. We live and breathe in Him. He is our road, He leads us on, He is a guide worthy of our trust.

Lean on Him.

(More about our personal homeschooling journey)

Photos: young learners in our home…

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