Learning is a lifelong process. It begins the moment we are born and never stops. We learn habits, processes, facts, reasoning. The list could go on. It can be an overwhelming responsibility to teach your child at home. Take a breath and take it one step at a time. It helps me to remember the following:
- Your goal is not to teach your child everything he will need to know in life. Your goal is to teach your child how to learn so he can learn what he needs to know.
- You will miss something. Even children educated in a public or private school have educational gaps. See the point above!
- Your job is not to lecture and teach every concept your child learns. Your job is to place a plethora of books and ideas before your child, create a love of learning, and discuss the ideas with him.
We utilize the Charlotte Mason philosophy of education, and math inspired by Louis Benezet, in our homeschool. Here you will find posts that will encourage and equip you to train the mind of your child. You may find that you train your mind in the process also!
Teacher Education & Resources
Your child’s education actually begins with your education. Become a student of your child. Learn his learning style, his best time for learning, and the best setting for learning. Become a lifelong learner yourself. Even though I was an avid bookworm before my children were born, I have come to realize that I didn’t have the type of education I want my children to have. So I am now embarking on gaining that type of education for myself.
Create a reading plan for yourself every year. It doesn’t have to be long. It can be difficult to find time to read, especially when your children are young, so start small. Even if you only read one or two books you will be gaining more knowledge than before.
I find time to read in little snippets throughout the day: while the kids play, supervising play outside, a few minutes before bed, or while they work on independent school work. I found that once I made a plan and had a reasonable list of books to read, I was accomplishing more reading each year. Here are my reading lists from years past. It has also been very beneficial for me to learn how to read a book so I retain more and read to learn.
Planning is also a big part of a homeschool mom’s job description. Here are several posts about how I approach planning and how you can break it down to a manageable task.
Read more posts about teacher resources.
Living Book Suggestions
This post has all of the living book suggestions in one place. They are also listed on the individual pages below.
Preschool / Early Childhood Education
Read more posts about preschool and early childhood education.
Faith Building / Character
Habit Training (coming soon)
List of attainments for six and twelve (Charlotte Mason’s lists of attainments, goals or objectives to be met by 6-year-olds and 12-year-olds as compiled by Ambleside Online.)
Read more posts about fine arts.
Read more posts about language arts.
Life Skills & Handicrafts
Computer / Typing (coming soon)
Handicrafts (coming soon)
Health / PE (coming soon)
Life Skills (coming soon)
Read more posts about math.
Science / Nature Study
Read more posts about science and nature study.
Read more posts about history.
Read more posts about geography.
Citizenship (study of Ourselves in Grades 10-12)
Plutarch (coming soon)
Goal Planning Worksheet
Use this homeschool goal planning worksheet to set homeschool goals and objectives that address the whole child—heart, soul, and mind.