History must afford its pageants, science its wonders, literature its intimacies, philosophy its speculations, religion its assurances to every man, and his education must have prepared him for wanderings in these realms of gold. – Charlotte Mason
I classically homeschool my six children with a Charlotte Mason methodology, leaning upon Ambleside Online as a guide.
As of summer 2017, most of my homeschooling-themed writing is being funneled into a homeschooling-specific blog called Wide Room Education. There I try to curate a list of links and resources, and offer reflection and encouragement for the CM/homeschool community.
WE ARE IN OUR 9th YEAR OF HOMESCHOOLING.
I can’t believe it. I can’t believe I’ve been nine years at this gig. I remember chomping at the bit for so long, waiting for my eldest to be old enough to start school. I read and worried and tried diligently “to just read good books and hang out in nature and hold off on academics” – how can this boy now be in the eighth grade? I have five students today (four of my own children and one niece, ages 13, 11, 11, 9, 7), and two tag-a-longs (ages 3 and 5). Honestly, my passion and energy ebb and flow. Understanding that there are cycles and seasons to learning, and that habits can hold us steady, has helped me keep on track even when the charisma fades.
Like many of you, we’ve had the crazy, through-the-glass-darkly privilege of homeschooling through multiple life circumstances. We’ve had pregnancies, illnesses, military deployments, job changes and a number of cross-country moves. If I’ve learned anything, it’s that life comes in seasons, that it’s best to flex and bend, that curriculum is servant (not master), that good habits form a strong foundation, that parents are persons too, that keeping in step with the Holy Spirit matters most, and that God is faithful through it all.
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