We are almost halfway through the school year. I had hoped I would have blogged more, but in reality, there isn’t much to talk about. We’ve sort of fallen into a monotonous school day routine. And to be 100% honest, I don’t like it. There is something missing in our homeschool. I think I know what it is, but I’m trying to do a bit more research, to be sure.
We are still doing Classical Conversations, and while I won’t make a full review on it until the school year is over, I can say we will not be continuing with CC next year (for more than a few reasons). I do enjoy the thought of a Classical education, but our homeschool needs something more. I feel pulled to research and read more about Charlotte Mason. I’m still learning, so bear with me on trying to explain. Miss Mason’s education philosophy is somewhat similar to a Classical education, but it is much more literature and nature filled. She also highly recommends you give your children time to play. Inside play, and most definitely, outside play. She focuses on how “children are born persons” and that treating them any less than that can be a detriment to their educational journey. I am reading For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer-Macaulay (a staple in any Charlotte Mason household) and I am working my way through a Charlotte Mason Course with actual assignments. It feels so weird to be doing school work like this again after almost 8 years out of college, but it’s actually really motivating. Once I am finished with For the Children’s Sake I will begin reading Charlotte Mason’s first (of 6) books in her education series. I am also working my way through the A Delectable Education podcasts while I’m working on my Etsy orders.
So, in a nutshell, I don’t like how our homeschool is going. I want more imagination through play and great books, more hands on experiments, and more outside exploring and getting dirty. I hope this will make our school days look and feel different.