Monday, March 24

Homeschooling the Early Years part 1

A few people had asked for a post on homeschooling. Knowing I don't consider myself an expert, I really believe that individual family dynamics, personalities, and learning styles will determine what works best for your family. Because you asked though, I'll let you in on what has worked for us and helped us out.

If I were beginning all over again, I would first read a few meaty books that I've come across over the years:
For the Children's Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay, Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit by Teri Maxwell, and Every Child Can Succeed: Making the Most of Your Child's Learning Style by Tobias. These three can be found on amazon and if you're really lucky you'll find them on cd and be able to listen to them whilst you scrub the toilet.

The first book deals a lot with how children learn best and how play is an essential part of their learning. Macaulay also warns against the dumbing down of literature for children, something I am realizing more and more with our children. The Teri Maxwell book deals with the Mama's heart in educating her children and speaks of what an important impact our attitude has on our children's learning. Every Child Can Succeed was so helpful to me after we began teaching our second child and realized our first two children are night and day in their learning style and academic giftings. It really helped my sanity because when you are used to successfully using one method of teaching and all of a sudden it doesn't work the second time it makes for a very frustrating situation!

Have fun ordering the books from your library or amazon and curling up in a comfortable chair with a cup of tea and something chocolate while your children are napping!

Blessings,
Hannah

3 comments:

Brandy said...

Thanks:)

I look forward to reading at least one of those books, oh and eating chocolate (if you insist)

Carrie said...

Thank you for this post, Hannah.

I really get encouragement from Sally Clarkson and Susan Schaeffer Macaulay-and chocolate makes it even better!

Hannah said...

Brandy, I do insist on chocolate. I have some every day...
Carrie, I also loved Sally Clarkson's books on motherhood!
Have a nice night ladies!
Hannah