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We are in our 5th year of  classically  homeschooling our girls using the Classical model.  It’s been quite the wild ride!  This post is a summary of our philosophy and a link to all our posts on homeschooling.

Let’s start with our school room!  That seems to be everyone’s burning question.  Where do you ‘do’ school?  We are so fortunate to have been able to design our new rebuild with a room dedicated to learning and working.

Our schoolroom is a collaboration of long hours of work between myself  and Darlene from Fieldstone Hill Design.  It has been featured on several blogs and online magazines, which makes us both so giddy!  I often say that it has been my dream to have a room like this.   A  room that’s like me—–that reads and does laundry and blogs and dabbles in paints and maps and printing and child-rearing and bird watching.  We’ve only lived here two weeks but I can’t even  count the hours we’ve already spent in here.  My girls’ new favorite pastime is to watch nail art videos and make their art come true whilst listening to me read The Odyssey.

It’s the first room we use in the morning and the last room we leave in the evening.   It never looks this clean.   There’s usually books and nail polish and writing projects strewn about.   We clean the green table off 27 times a day, only to make room for more art.  Today, they made mixed media snowmen and pipe cleaner rings.  To tour this multifunctional room, click here.

 

Before we moved to the lake, had a house fire, and rebuilt our home, we homeschooled in the garage.  It was such a perfect solution at the time.  I wrote all about it here.


Our homeschool has changed in many ways over the past five years but the vibe and focus has been the same.  We are on a desperate search for truth, beauty and goodness.

Our goal is to cultivate virtue and create a life long love for learning.  We believe that the classical model is the best way to do that and so we seek the ancient paths.   In the words of David Hicks from Norms and Nobility,

“Classical education refreshes itself at cisterns of learning dug long ago, drawing from springs too deep for taint the strength to turn our cultural retreat into advance.”

Our philosophy of education has been informed and inspired most by  Andrew Kern and the Circe Institute but we find ourselves most deeply  indebted to authors of classic literature, who by virtue of their education and calling, have made it possible for us to commune with the greatest minds of the world.

Our teachers are the likes of Lewis and Tolkein,  Augustine and Homer,  Dante and Shakespeare.

We come to the this task with humility and wonder and we pray for mercy.

To train a child to love what he should love is a monumental task and we know we are all too often ill-equipped.

So, we drink deep at the cisterns and we teach our children to learn by example.  We bring them to the water—-water too deep for taint—–and there we are renewed,  to love and serve and teach and learn.

Some posts about how and why we do this crazy thing called Classical homeschooling!

Classical Education

A Day in the Life

Curriculum List

Why We Memorize

Why We Homeschool

2nd Grade Curriculum

What I love about homeschooling

Our Homeschool Room

3rd Grade Curriculum

Prayer to Begin the Day

4th Grade Memory

4th Grade Curriculum

How to Enjoy Your Kids in the Summer

4th Grade Daily Schedule, Getting it All Done

Why I Almost Gave Up Homeschooling

Curriculum, 5th Grade

Why I (still) Homeschool

Curriculum, 6th Grade

18 comments on “Classical Homeschooling {our way}”

  1. Just wanted to let you know that all the links on this page go to your old “blogspot” address (and then it automatically sends me back to this address). Just wanted to see all your homeschool stuff. Love your blog by the way 🙂 And I LUV your old kitchen. Have a wonderful day!

  2. Hi Edie,

    I was wondering about your take on the vampire books.  i remember not wanting my daughter, now 12, to read the Harry Potter and finally caving in 4th grade. Since then, I have found several other great christian families who have read them as well. My daughter would like to read those Twilight books, but it gives me the “heebie-jeebies”. Since I saw HP on your list, I thought I would ask!

    Thanks for your inspirational sharing! I find us to be kindred spirits in “list-making and dream-seeking and soul-searching”.

  3. As a long term kitchen table homeschooler, I’ve dreamt of having a room just for homeschooling. I’ve always envisioned a more utilitarian room. WOW, you created an inspirational room! I love the green table and bench. What a lovely place to study, create, and live.

  4. I was homeschooling my daughter, but had to stop when life took an unexpected turn that I could not rise up from right away. I am going to continue her homeschooling as soon as possible. I think it is amazing what you have done. I do have a question though. Where did you get the “Anne of Green Gables” book? I am just curious.

  5. Hello!

    I teach Classical and Biblical Greek as a spoken language for homeschool kids (I have six myself). If anyone is interested, please take a moment to watch the demonstration videos on my website. Thank you and may God bless you!

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