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.
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!