Learning to homeschool is not a simple procedure, can I just say? Not only are you overwhelmed by what kind of information is out there, you also have an idea of what you should and need to do. Everyone is doing things differently. In order to get an idea of what you like, you pick from the buffet table. But, even then, you can try something and not like what you taste.
I always knew I would want to homeschool my children. Even the word ‘want’ is kind of hard to put into the right words. I want to be surrounded by my children. I want to love being around my children. I want to watch my children discover new ideas and knowledge and watch them love learning. I want to see all that. So finding a way to teach it in such a way that they love learning but also realize that life isn’t always about having fun and yet still enjoying the life God has given them. Above all, I wanted to be the one to teach them about the Lord we serve.
Can you see my delima? Everyone has their own idea of how to enjoy life. For some it is this for others it is that. Some people do not find the way we live fun. So to search for a way to teach and live an abundant life, is STILL an ongoing journey.
I started out ignoring all advice that I was given. Why do we do that?! Here we have a simple thing that would make our life easier and we just ignore it and have to find out the hard way. Want to know the advice that was given? (seasoned teachers already know right?) I tried to bring the public school into our home. Instead of using homeschool in the way it was intended, I started out with lists, tests, and schedules. Not bad in a whole but more so that we would do school a certain length of time. Test all the time to make sure we were staying ahead. Lists for all kind of curriculum, outings, facts, dates and just stuff. Pooh! It may work for some families but for us, there was no true learning in it. It was soon forgotten as we tried to “learn” the step and keep up with the peers. It was not the way I wanted to go.
Classical vs. Charlotte Mason. It narrowed down to this. I am still picking apart everyone’s brain. I think I can safely say that the common denominator between the two is reading. Read. Read. Read.
“He that loves a book will never want a faithful friend, a wholesome counselor, a cheerful companion, an effectual comforter. By study, by reading, by thinking, one may innocently divert and pleasantly entertain himself, as in all weathers, as in all fortunes.”
Well, here I am. I found this journal at Wally World. I love it. Colors aren’t necessarily me. But it is my favorite verse. I thought it also would make a wonderful journal to record my journey. What I am researching. What I have found to work. What I picked and chose from the buffet table and why. What books I have found to be useful and other pieces of books that I didn’t feel would work for us but would find something useful.
I hope to pass this down to my children. I hope they will find it useful and helpful but the main reason I am doing this is to teach myself and to (hopefully) see myself progress and learn right along with them.
RESOURCES I am using; (Affiliate links that help support this blog)
The Well Trained Mind by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer