Education Methods For Your Homeschool
by Erika Fishel
I have been homeschooling for over 6 years and I believe every homeschool family is different. The beautiful thing about homeschooling is you do what is best for your family and child’s way of learning- homeschooling is a lifestyle. I love exploring and researching different methods to use for our homeschool education and to help others that are starting out on this homeschool journey or are wanting/need a change.
We have tried different “methods” of homeschooling. When we started out, I felt we needed to recreate school-at-home. We don’t have a designated room for a school room in our home, but I tried to make our dining room feel like a classroom. For the first couple years of our schooling, we used an out-of-the-box curriculum and it worked okay, but as I explored more about homeschooling, I saw there are many other options.
My favorite and what we do for our homeschool now is what I call a “modern secular version” of Charlotte Mason Education. Miss Charlotte Mason was a British educator in the late 1800s and early 1900s. I just feel in love with:
“The Charlotte Mason method is based on Charlotte’s firm belief that the child is a person and we must educate that whole person, not just his mind. So a Charlotte Mason education is three-pronged: in her words, “Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life.”“What is the Charlotte Mason Method?”
Using living books, nature, shorter lessons and lessons with learning about composers/music appreciation, artist/picture study, Shakespeare, poetry and more of the beautiful courses that we were not doing as much with when we were doing a more “boxed curriculum”–that really appealed to me.
When we started incorporating this method in our homeschool days, I saw a big change in my child and how he started enjoying school more and it wasn’t just grumble “not another worksheet”. Now we still use certain workbooks/curriculum for some subjects such as math, but we add living books and CM methods along side.
I have a hard time with the whole “twaddle” books though, as we do read rich literature for our school readings, my son wants to read what Miss Mason would consider “twaddle” for his own reading, and you know, I am okay with that. Letting my son pick his own “fun reading” and using electronics are a couple examples of why I call our Charlotte Mason Education a Modern Secular Charlotte Mason Education.
In my next article I will pass along some helpful tips and resources that I use.
In the mean time, if you would like to dig in with learning about Charlotte Mason Education, you can listen to a great podcast: A Delectable Education Podcast- Spreading the feast of the Charlotte Mason Method, available on Apple Podcast or Stitcher.
Also check out: Ambleside Online for more great information and to see what a Charlotte Mason Curriculum has or what you can add/adapt to your homeschool to spread the feast of the good, true and beautiful.
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