In this interview with my oldest son Shawn, we talked about how reading aloud good stories from living books and using Charlotte Mason principles was the main method I used to educate him and how that has impacted his life.
I’ll give you a hint. He liked being educated that way and calls it the happy way of learning!
Watch it here!
A Philosophy of Education that is working for my family:
Charlotte Mason believed that education is an atmosphere, a discipline and a life. In a similar vein, I see homeschooling as a lifestyle. Homeschooling is integrated into every part of life when it is viewed this way. I call it family schooling, because the whole family is educated together and hopefully learns how to build strong, healthy relationships.
And we have a lifestyle of learning. Most of us love to research and share what we learn with each other and share information, ideas, opinions, experiences, and thoughts with each other.
We live life together. Using this method makes learning natural and enjoyable, fun and lasting.
We follow our interests and learn more about the things that delight us. We dive deep into a subject and learn as much as we want to know about it and spend as much time and effort on it as we deem appropriate or adequate.
Then we rather naturally move on to something related or totally unrelated that somehow strikes our fancy or in some way comes to our attention.
I see this philosophy of learning as very similar to what Charlotte Mason taught. I also view it as a way to make homeschooling sustainable since it is more natural and organic and uses our interests and delights to direct our studies.
So there is less stress, resistance, and control that occurs, and the learner and the teacher (or facilitator of learning, as I like to call myself) are working together to make learning happen instead of having an adversarial or authoritarian relationship that can stifle learning and happy relationships within a family.
Come and listen to me and Morgan as we talk about his favorite way to learn History. He reads biographies, autobiographies and other living books (books by one author who is an expert on the subject who really loves the subject). Then he tells me what he knows from what he has read.
Come and join us as Morgan and I talk about his favorite way of learning History. If you haven’t watched the previous scope, please go to the post before this and watch it, too.
And here is the first scope we did on this topic:
Join me and Shawn here as we discuss some ideas for making homeschool less stressful and more enjoyable for the whole family and moms and their kids in particular.
Some of the ideas we cover are reading aloud and narration, delight-directed homeschooling, led by the child’s interests, and using more organic methods instead of curriculum that forces arbitrary topics at arbitrary times.