There are a few considerations you should think about before homeschooling your child/ren. The purpose or motivation behind it should be the most important one.
The first few books I’ve read about homeschooling were books a) referring to the Charlotte Mason Method and b) the Charlotte Mason Series. As for the method, besides a few others, there was For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay (daughter of Francis and Edith Schaeffer). The series itself consists of six volumes:
- Home Education
- Parents and Children
- School education
- Formation of Character
- Towards a Philosophy of Education
You can read the whole series online at AmblesideOnline’s Annotated Charlotte Mason Series. By the way, if you are interested in homeschooling and you are looking for a curriculum which is free, check out their whole website which offers booklists and links to free online/pdf books and loads of advice.
Of course there are more kinds of ways of education out there. The Charlotte Mason Method isn’t the only one — and surely not one without any flaws. You’ve probably heard of the Montessori one or maybe even the Classical Homeschool Method.
My point in this post is not which method is best but:
Before you start, first of all, ask yourself: Why do you want to homeschool your children? What will be the purpose of your homeschool? In other words: Who or what do you want to be the heart of your homeschool-life?
Some of you might ask: “But what about socialization of children?” Well… Friday’s post is a snippet about that topic — and, after summer’s break, there will be more to come about this and other things regarding home education.