For years, I have amassed words of inspiration for our homeschool in a notebook. I look over this notebook, pouring over the words. I read scripture, quotes, suggestions, and tips. Although I wasn't sure the path to get here, I find my heart has always been. So dear ones, here it is for you...inspiration and a little bit of my heart.
Wonder at the works of God...wonder where wonder is due, and worship where worship is due. ~Charles Kingsley
“Teaching was to be a mission carrying the breath of life to God’s children…-not looking for results or rewards or for the praise of man but praying for our children that they might increase even as we decrease.” ~R.A. Pennethorne
I do not ask that thou shouldst give me some high or noble task. Give me a little hand to hold in mine. Give me a little child to point the way, over the strange, sweet path that leads to you. Give me a little voice to teach to pray. Give me two shinning eyes thy face to see. The only crown I ask to wear is this, that I may teach a little child. I do not ask that I may stand among the wise, the worthy, or the great. I only ask that safely, hand-in-hand a child and I may enter at the gate. ~anonymous
"Maxima reverentia debetur pueris"~Latin for...The greatest respect is due the students.
One of the main reasons the Creative Academy had been started was to avoid what her father called, “clumping.” Applewhites, he said, shouldn’t be required to do what other people did just because other people did it. Applewhites weren’t like other people.” ~from Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan
“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder . . . he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” ~ Rachel Carson
“A person is not built up from without but within, that is, he is living, and all external educational appliances and activities which are intended to mould his character are decorative and not vital.” C. Mason
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Phillipians 4:8
“Love is expressed in how we pass the bread, or how we say good morning.”
All things taught should incorporate respect.
It's not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It's our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.~L.R. Knost
The Way we talk to our Children becomes their inner voice. ~Peggy O'Mara
3 Assumptions to avoid: God’s world is not interesting enough to grab my children’s attention and motivates them to learn. Although I pray fervently, God might allow them to be unlearned, and if at some point they seem to be lagging behind, I am not failing them.
A child should be taken daily, if possible, to scenes where he may find new things to examine, and so add to his store of real knowledge. ~Charlotte Mason
I could not teach my children all the information they would need in life and furthermore, I did not have to teach them everything they needed…The key to teaching children “how to learn,” meaning how to apply information rather than merely collect it and regurgitate it. The goal is application that turns information collecting into information using. Mere information is merely forgotten. ~Jessica Hulcy
It really is about getting out of the way and structuring your day with a routine that allows the Holy Spirit to do the work in the hearts and minds of your children. ~Quoted on Sage Parnassus
Teaching our children to walk by faith, not by sight, can be woven into every part of the day’s assignments… ~Zan Tyler
"Having a heart of sympathy for your children will mean, by necessity, choosing a less busy lifestyle. It will mean lowering your expectations about what can and must be accomplished in a day. If it means winning your child's heart, though, the trade offs are well worth the results." ~Sally Clarkston
Look directly at your child. Practice watching your child without expectations. Try to see what he is really doing, rather than seeing what he’s not doing.
High self-esteemed parents treat children with unconditional regard, encourage them to test their abilities and set goals and accept them.
Real goals for homeschooling: discover and explore interests, be literate and know how to gain access to the knowledge the child needs, develop responsibility and learn to develop own direction, and get along with others, but be able to stand up for self and what’s right.
Learning in short, enjoyable days while encouraging, loving, and cooperating with one another. ~Bobby Scott
Do what you need not “the grade level.” ~Education Emporium
Stop thinking schoolishly. Stop acting teacherishly. Stop talking about learning as though it's separate from life...Replace "to teach" with "to learn"...(Be) someone they want to spend time with. ~Sandra Dodd
He is a separate human being whose strength lies in who he is, not who he will become. ~Susan Schaeffer Macaulay in For the Children’s Sake
We must choose why we do things and think through the reason. ~Christopherus
All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be your children's peace. ~ Isaiah 54:13
“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to
move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is
alive.” ~Eleonora Duse
You only have one chance to be with your own children. After they've grown you can do what you want. ~Kathleen Kutsch
It’s a parent’s job to fall crazy in love with his or her child. ~Janet Lansbury
When asked, "Why Homeschool?" The answer, "I was in love with my children." ~Carol Singleton
The best way we can show our children our love is by listening to them. ~Michael Card
Wait on God to show you the direction you should go. ~Camilla Leedahl
God tenderly leads those with young. ~Isaiah 40:11
"I breathed it in, this moment...just breathed it in, mindful, and grateful. I don't want those moments to go unnoticed in an effort to do more. I will sacrifice more productivity, more output, more finished products, for more attention, more mindfulness, more love, felt and shared and expressed." ~Nikole from Verde Mama
A person is not built up from the outside, but from within. ~Charlotte Mason
When a child chooses to act in accordance with his fallenness, this time is best used to instruct the child in relationship. ~Maryellen St. Cyr
We're to show the love of Christ wherever we are. ~Melissa Morgan
Poetry? Just read the poetry from a poet. The poetry is the thing, not the coloring page. The thing is the thing.~ Nancy at Sage Parnassus
The money you spend will be wasted if you nurture his intellect, but not his spirit. ~Morgan Allee
Our business is to give the child mind-stuff. ~Charlotte Mason
The time with our children is short, but our power to influence great. ~unknown
When you live and learn with children according to fascination and curiosity, you find yourself constantly on the lookout for interesting things...the challenge...the point is to have fun and be engaged...help the children flex their thinking muscles...to develop strategies, to think ahead, to aid them in seeing...in a different perspective...the point is, afterall, to have them feel (and be) competent and strong in their processes and intelliegence...And remember that the value lies in the expression and imagination. And in the joy of the thing. ~Stephanie at Ordinary Life Magic from her unschooling series
Delight in every day's little things. Cherish them. This is the stuff from which life-and therefore learning-is fashioned. From the little things, your children will shape their hopes, dreams, and eventually reality.~Linda Dobson
He is a separate human being whose strength lies in who he is, not who he will become. ~Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
"But in the end, a good teacher, working on the right educational principles, providing a generous curriculum, respecting the minds of the students, will probably do a good job overall without having to have every last instruction spelled out." ~Anne White from Archipelago
The child is curious...The child wants to make sense of things, find out how they work, gain competence and control, and repeat those around him...The child is open, receptive, and perceptive... The child observes closely and sharply...The child is experimental...The child is willing and able to wait until meaning is made...Children learn independently out of interest and curiosity...Children ought to decide what to learn and how often things right in front of them...The things we most need to learn are the things we most want to learn...We find a hole, a gap, an empty space that we want to fill...When we learn this way, we learn both rapidly and permanently...What we need to do is bring as much of the world as we can to them and take them into the world.~John Holt from How Children Learn
"That's why I am homeschooling. Because I want our family to meet in heaven someday, and I think we have a better shot at it if we journey together as much as possible. God put us together for a reason." ~Willa Ryan
"Kids respond to greatness..." ~Maestro Classics
"Their varied approaches all accomplished the engagement of students in active struggle... It was this feature of teaching that we found common to the high achievers..." ~Afterword of The Teaching Gap
At Sagamore Hill we love a great many things-birds and trees and books and all thing beautiful, children and gardens and hard work and the joy of life. ~Theodore Roosevelt
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