What does every homeschool mother really want? The perfect curriculum? More hours in the day? A schedule that works for all the children?
No doubt all of these are needed or wanted but I believe what homeschooling mothers (that’s you) really want is…Peace of mind.
Bringing your children home to educate them is a huge and humbling undertaking. Is there any certainty? Is peace of mind possible? If you’re like me, you want to know for sure that your child will have the best. Can you know for sure? Yes, it is possible to know for sure.
Welcome! I’m Sheila Carroll…
As an experienced homeschooling Mom and long-time educator, I’m here to share with you…
- The assurance that you are on the right path with your children.
- The sure knowledge that when they are grown they will bless you and your husband for the education you gave them.
- The certainty that all the academic subjects are taught correctly.
- The promise that your children will all be ready for college-level work or for the workplace or homemaking.
I am going to show you the four firsts of home educating with living books and life learning that when they are in place will put you on a path with the assurance of a good end.
The first ‘first’…
The first “first” is to see your child as a person. By person I mean that your child is created by God with gifts and talents and is complete, whole, and full of endless possibilities already.
Children are not incomplete adults; they become adults. What they lack is not maturity but guidance, nurture, and opportunity. Your role as their teacher is to provide those things.
See your home as the ideal place to provide those things that will nurture your child as a person…
Each and every day, there are people all around the country who are living their homeschooling dreams. Every day, families are experiencing tremendous relationships with their children. Children are becoming life-long learners,
growing intellectually, and improving their chances for success.
The fact is that living the life of your homeschool dreams is possible. People prove that every day. I have met them. My recommendation is this: Let it be you!
Someone is going to wake up and her children have already done their chores and are ready to begin the school day. Someone will sit with their children while they narrate and be amazed at their retention and beauty of
expression. Someone will see their children demonstrate strength of character and be a shining example to others.
By now you get the point…Everyday families are discovering power of using Miss Mason methods – habit formation, living books, hands-on learning. Whether you do or not doesn’t matter to those who do. They are going to do it, regardless. It is simply a matter of a decision being made. Let that person be you!
You may be asking, “Okay Sheila, but how?” Well, let’s cover three very simple actions – remember the Four “First’s”? The first was that your child is a person.
The second ‘first’ is to make a commitment…
When I hit a serious bump in the road with my then 7 year-old daughter, Bridget, I set time aside to pray and ask God what to do. I heard loud and clear…be committed. It was humbling because I thought I was committed.
Then I purposed to try to the best of my abilities to read, understand, and apply the principles of this living books way to homeschool. The change in me, my daughter, and my homeschool was dramatic…
She asked for school in the morning; I was learning right alongside of her. Her self-expression, retention soared. Wow. I was hooked on this way to home educate. Remember, I didn’t see the results until I committed to go the whole way and not do “just a little Charlotte Mason”. You can too.
No matter what has worked, you are at a certain point right now. What you have achieved in the past has taken time and hard work; but, will it take you to where you want to go with your children? If the answer is not a resounding yes, please consider giving this incomparable way to home educate a fair chance.
The third ‘first’ is to make a plan…
Once you have decided to use the living books way you will need to have a plan. To begin, it doesn’t have to be a long, intricate plan. It can be simple…
Get a book list from a site (like ours!) that offers whole books that engage learning and start reading the books to your children. See how they react. Do they like the books? Do they ask for more?
That is a simple plan with achievable goals. Someone is going to start today reading aloud to their children from rich, living books. Let it be you!
The fourth is to begin to act…
All of the great ideas, without action, become stale and useless and end in frustration. The key to turning dreams into reality is action. People who have great ideas for homeschooling are a dime a dozen.
People who act on their dreams and ideas are the select few, but they are the ones who gain the wealth of knowledge and wisdom that can be passed on to their children.
Someone will act today. Let it be you. My encouragement to you is to stop looking at how others homeschool.
Instead, begin to commit to your own learning about the Charlotte Mason way, develop a plan and act on it. Others are. Let it be you!
Listen to this online workshop I did entitled, A Charlotte Mason Education for the 21st Century. (Be patient, it takes awhile to download!).
Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life…
In my backyard, there is a lovely pear tree. Every year it produces a bounty of the best pears I have ever tasted. It is not a large tree, as trees go, but it has large main roots growing from the trunk down into the earth. They are barely visible above ground.
Yet, I know these roots are strong and spread themselves wide into the earth, drawing nutrition up into the tree. How do I know this, even though I cannot see the roots? Because of the fruit. When the fruit is abundant, healthy and delicious, it means the root system is strong.
Charlotte Mason’s motto for parents and teachers alike was, “Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life.”
This statement with its three large ideas is like three large roots of a pear tree. Understanding and applying these three master principles will cause children to grow strong and produce abundant fruit: love of learning, a sense of discovery, good habits, and strong character.
Atmosphere, discipline, and life – these make up education in the living books way. These are the mighty root-ideas.
If you would like to know more about these three master principles and how you can apply them to your homeschool, join our FREE 10-lesson email course: Getting Started with Charlotte Mason Homeschooling.
Or if you are the parent of a teen, join our our FREE 6-lesson email course, Introduction to Homeschooling Your Teen the Charlotte Mason Way.
I look forward to walking your homeschool path with you, and invite you to spend as much time on our website as you need.
All the best,