Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Homeschooling: The Early Years

"In this time of extraordinary pressure, educational and social, perhaps a mothers first duty to her children is to secure for them a quiet and growing time, a full six years of passive receptive life, the waking part of it for the most part spent out in the fresh air." Charlotte Mason

Several years ago, no one could have told me I would have the mindset I currently have on home education. Before Lily was born, I had the strong desire to home school. I even read articles and books well before it was time. My aspirations were to get started early in preschool and teach her to count and her ABC’s and how to read and write well before she needed to. God has made me much wiser since that time. I have come to see this time is precious and I have many years to come for “education.” Our focus now is building a firm foundation of godly character and having fun.

This is how we home school in the early years…

IMG01143-20101027-0947We play with Play-Doh…

IMG01146-20101027-1108We finger paint…

IMG00510-20100415-1007 We paint birdhouses…

IMG00517-20100416-0914We play in the kitchen…

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We write on chalkboards…2010_10260026We fly kites…

IMG01099-20101004-1001    We play outside…

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and we help Daddy in the yard.

So, it is really quite simple. We educate with life and nothing forced…all with in the security of own home. We talk about God and we talk about character. We show them they are loved and do all we can to make sure they never feel they are burdens to us.

3 comments:

Missy said...

Great thought and well said...as always...

Crystal Mary said...

This is beautiful...so heart felt with loving kindness in the name of Mother. Well done, good job. Lilly will remember this in the treasures of her mind as she grows..you are planting a seed of how a family should be. Well done!! Hugs CML

Tracy said...

Your daughter sure seems to be enjoying the way you do school