I've been reading several homeschooling books as of late and they have me doing much reflecting on my past and current methods of homeschooling.
In short, the three books are these:
All of the above books really are must have's in my personal opinion. ESPECIALLY if you are looking at wanting to educate your child in a relaxed setting with high standards. If you need to learn about teaching from rest, look no further than Sarah's book. Her insight on what true rest is, is uplifting and spot on. And if you are looking to understand the methodology of Charlotte Mason and the why's behind this methodology, thus far (I admit, I haven't finished this one just yet) Susan Schaeffer Macaulay does well in explaining that our education that we give our children really CAN be a joyous celebration of life and prepare them for life in a fashion that will far exceed what most are able to procure from the public school setting.
While I have finished the first two mentioned above, I am torn between wanting to tear through "For The Children's Sake" as I thirst for more (I'm in the third chapter of 6) to going back and rereading what I have covered thus far and just let it simmer. There is much to glean and reflect upon.
I have a feeling I will do both. I am eager to see what else she has to say... and then, I believe I'll go back and use Charlotte's own methodology and just read ten to 15 minutes... reflect, perhaps do a written narration and just let it soak a few days before moving on.
In the meantime, I'll share with you what I have highlighted so far (well, some of it... I have gotten a bit carried away with the highlighter in this one!).
"Parents need to evaluate their priorities. They need to consider why they respond, "We wouldn't have tie to read a book together every day. We don't have time to hike/camp/paint/talk with our children." What is really important?"
"Charlotte Mason rejects the utilitarian view of education and the conventional standards of her day. She challenges us instead to identify the child's actual needs and capacities; to serve him as he is, on the basis of what is right and good for him as a person."
"By being allowed to learn at their own speed, the children taught by Charlotte Mason were happy with their mastery of skills. They did not 'fail' or 'pass'. They learned how to read and write accurately. A high standard was expected, but at a level appropriate to the child's ability. It was like climbing one's own private ladder. It was not to be like a race."
There's much more I could share but I will leave it as this for now. there is much more highlighted words I'd like to write about but have no time to write a novel today! Okay, maybe it won't be a novel, but I'm sure I have many more posts waiting to be written in the back of my mind....but I must reflect a bit more before writing them. So for now... read over what I have written above. Mull it over and then share with more your reactions. What are your own thoughts about Susan's words above? In the meantime... I have more reading to do!