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
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. ~annoymous
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
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.
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.
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
Teaching our children to walk by faith, not by sight, can be woven into every part of the day’s assignments… Zan Tyler 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
All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be your children's peace. ~ Isaiah 54:13
You only have one chance to be with your own children. After they've grown you can do what you want. ~Kathleen Kutsch
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
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
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 curiousity, 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 seperate human being whose strength lies in who he is, not who he will become. ~Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
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