In my Friday post, I mentioned that I want to start keeping better records about the educational things I do with Hannah and Jack. I started writing up some of the things we already do and things I plan to do this fall, and realized maybe this would make a better short series than a single post.
By way of introduction, and to reiterate what I said before, I think one of the most advantageous things about homeschooling is the ability to tailor what you do to your own style and to what works for your children’s learning styles. I like to read what other people are doing just to get ideas and inspiration, and so I want to reiterate that I’m writing this series mostly for my own benefit, and for whatever fun you get out of reading it. For those who are completely and totally disinterested, I’ll post other things in between so you won’t get bored.
My underlying goal for our whole day is that the kids would grow in Godliness, love learning, and have fun. I don’t want learning to be a chore or some onerous and hateful part of their day – I’d rather it be an organic part of a rich and fun childhood. I do think academic things are important, but I don’t think that learning and enjoyment have to be mutually exclusive.
If Hannah had her way, she would have me read to her non-stop from dawn to dusk. She loves books and being read to. So far, Jack also seems to like reading, and has taken to pretending to read to himself by babbling in different voices and inflections as he turns the pages. Since I’m also a reader, I think it’s natural for our preschool to be literature based. I like a lot of the precepts and ideas found in the Charlotte Mason approach to education, particularly her emphasis on living books and habits of good character. I also like some aspects of classical education. If you are interested, good resources on Charlotte Mason include Ambleside Online, and the book “When Children Love to Learn.” Some good books on the classical approach include The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer and The Case for Classical Christian Education by Douglas Wilson. If you’re already an adherent to either of these educational approaches, you’ll notice that I’m not doing either by the book, I just wanted to give credit for the source of some of my thinking.
Stay tuned for the rest of the series:
Our Homeschool Preschool – Reading and Language
Our Homeschool Preschool – Math and Science
Our Homeschool Preschool – Music, Art, and Motor Skills
Our Homeschool Preschool – Bible