It was my husband who originally wanted to homeschool. I had always thought that I would send my kids to public school when they were old enough. But when pre-k approached, I started feeling uneasy about sending my kids to public school. I prayed about it, and decided to read up on homeschooling. So, I read blog after blog on homeschooling, and even purchased some books on homeschooling. After some more prayer, I finally decided to give it a go.
Here are a few books that are helpful for new Charlotte Mason homeschool families: (or anyone interested in learning more about the Charlotte Mason method)
Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Series (I recommend starting with Home Education if you have younger children.)
A Charlotte Mason Companion
When Children Love to Learn
For the Children’s Sake
Check out our Charlotte Mason Resource page for more.
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That’s pretty much how it all started. It hasn’t been the smoothest of rides. It gets pretty bumpy sometimes, but I haven’t looked back. Here’s why:
The time I spend with my children is priceless.
Family is so important. I love watching my kids grow and learn. I get to sit down with them everyday… one on one… and talk, read, laugh, and play. We can never get this time back. Children do not stay children for long, so I want to spend all the time I can with them. I know some mothers who are not so fond of spending quality time with their children… this is just something I will never understand.
We are also forming our child’s character from the time we spend with them. I do not want my child’s character gleaned from someone else. I want their father and I to be the ones they spend the most time with, and the ones who influence them the most in their morals and character.
“Every day, every hour, the parents are either passively or actively forming those habits in their children upon which, more than upon anything else, future character and conduct depend.” ~ Charlotte Mason
We can customize our learning.
This is so important to me! All of my children are different. My oldest is awesome with Math, Science, and History, but when it comes to Spelling and Grammar it is another story. He has dyslexia along with speech issues, and he needs extra attention in those areas. He needs curriculum tailored to his needs, and I can give him that.
My daughter is finishing up 5th grade Math, but doing everything else 6th grade level. My youngest son is doing 3rd grade, but still needs to brush up on his reading skills. Teaching him to read has been a struggle, but we’ve been able to focus extra time on reading practice. We can do that! Homeschooling is totally customizable!
We can give our children a feast of ideas that they wouldn’t get in public schools.
All we need to do is place children in a large room spread with an abundant feast of learning. – Jack Beckman, When Children Love to Learn.
We can make God the center.
When you homeschool, you have that option. We like to choose curriculum that is Bible-based. I think it is very important for my children to learn about God outside of Sunday school, and to hide his word in their hearts. I feel like it is very important that God is #1 in all things, including school work. It makes me think of the song: “Jesus at the center of it all! Jesus at the center of it all!” That is exactly what we want! Jesus at the center of it all!
“Of the three sorts of knowledge proper to a child, the knowledge of God, of man, and of the universe,–the knowledge of God ranks first in importance, is indispensable, and most happy-making.” ~ Charlotte Mason
Thisis something awesome about homeschool. It frees up time. School doesn’t take us all day. We are usually done by 2pm at the latest. Then we have the rest of the day for doing whatever we want/need to do.
On top of that, we can take breaks anytime we need them. If someone gets sick, we can take off as long as we need. I homeschool for 6 weeks and take the 7th week off. I also take off birthdays and most holidays.
Another perk is that we can take a vacation whenever we want. We usually do school from June to March (sometimes into early April). Then we take a vacation in April. We like that there is less of a crowd in the off seasons. This year we took our vacation in February! It was awesome! (Despite the rain..) There were no crowds, and we really enjoyed ourselves.
Peer pressure and bullying are not present.
My children are not subject to peer pressure, and they are not subject to bullying. Two things that are huge in public schools. I remember being in public school as a child. I remember the hurtful things people would say about someone who was “different.” I have never understood why children have to be so hurtful. Hateful words stick with you.
I am also glad that I can teach my children not to bully others, and that they do not have to “fit in”, in order to have friends. We are each our own individual person. I have told multiple people that I am so impressed with our local homeschool group kids. They are all so kind and loving to one another. It is completely unlike the bullying and peer pressure you see in public school now days.
I feel like God is calling me to homeschool.
My list could go on and on and on, but the most important reason that I choose to homeschool my children is this. I feel like God has placed a calling on my life to teach my children. To teach them his word, and train them up in the way that they should go.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
We love homeschool, and we plan on going all the way through high-school. It has been a blessing to me and to our family. If you are considering homeschooling, I hope that my list helps you make your decision.