Homeschool From the Heart

"The most important thing about schooling is that children should know what it is to live a full, rich life, that they should face adulthood confident in the consciousness of their own potential and assured of the values that will enable them to live a good life, and with their minds full of ideas which will help them to accept what is new, yet with regard for the past."

- from Charlotte Mason Reviewed by Jenny King.

Things to remember on this journey:

  • Learning should be fun! Enjoy it!
  • The world is your classroom. Get out of the house and go on interest-based field trips, nature studies, park days, etc.
  • Let your creative juices flow and have variety in your day. Have the children create plays, skits, pantomimes, displays, projects, or art activities about what they're learning.
  • Avoid worksheet burn out! Ask your CHEP teacher for ideas to keep the learning fresh and meaningful.
  • No question is silly. Take them as learning opportunities.

YOU ARE A MARVEL

Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe
A moment that will never be again
And what do we teach our children?
We teach them that two and two make four and Paris is the capital of France.

When will we also teach them what they are?
We should say to each of them:
Do you know what you are?
You are a marvel.
You are unique.
In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you.
Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move...
You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven.
You have the capacity for anything.
Yes, you are a marvel.
And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel?
You must work- we must all work- to make the world worthy of its children.

-Pablo Casals

Finding the Optimal Working Environment for Your Child

When it's time for your child to study, it's important that the environment promote their learning style and preferences whenever possible. These questions will help you design a study space with your unique child in mind!

  1. Does your child focus better alone or with you?
  2. Where would it be? (Consider noise level, distractions, etc.)
  3. What does it look like? (Furniture, etc.)
  4. Would there be food to nibble on? (Some people eat to think.)
  5. What would the lighting be like? Is it bright or soft?
  6. What time of day do they concentrate best? (Are they early birds or night owls?)
  7. Where do they prefer to work? (On a desk, the floor, at a table?)
  8. What would the ideal temperature be?