Welcome to the Scheidt family’s homeschooling journey! This is my very first post on my very first blog (well, besides that other one that one time) and I hope you enjoy learning a little bit about us!
This blog was created for my records to document all the things we’re learning each day (in case documentation is needed later) as well as an opportunity for family and friends to peek in when they’re curious what we’re up to all day (I grow weary of posting on social media as it requires too much self-control to not constantly be distracted by looking at all the “likes”!). This blog may last 3 months, or it may last 13 years… Either way, I’m excited to have a platform where I can post pictures, funny quotes from the Scheidt rugrats (of whom did I mention I’m a BIG fan?), how we’re learning and growing, celebrations big and small, and hopefully a fun site for them to look at one day to see their growth (taking each homeschooling endeavor one year at a time, and one child at a time).
Our homeschooling plans are big. We’re lining up with a Charlotte Mason methodology of learning — which is creating an atmosphere that will cultivate a LOVE for learning that will last a lifetime (did you know that the avg college graduate only reads maybe one book a year?). We’ll be avoiding the hum drum of busy worksheets, hours of mandatory sit down & focus math sessions (with active little boys who listen best while building legos or better yet, upside in a tree [at least that’s what science says!] …um, no thanks), and no reading of “twaddle” that does nothing to nurture their curiosity of a particular subject or worse yet, stifle their imagination that’s bursting at the seems. We’ll do and have already begun to learn in this timeless, classical style of education through nature exploration, habit formation, classical literature, “living books” verses text books, studying the arts, the music, the dancing (o’ the dancing!), playing outdoors, developing life skills, kitchen skills, pondering tough theological questions (“I’m not sure, ask daddy”!), philosophy, outside exploration, arithmetic (my 5 year old has already self-learned addition/division/subtraction & counting to 200 all without my pleading), nature study, history, handicrafts, reading inspiring stories and proverbs in God’s Word, did I mention being outside?, and of course tea time with giggles, poetry, and probably a few spills… and yes, our boys do drink TEA!
Enjoying the journey and not freaking out about the rest… To follow us (i.e. get an email notification for each post) click the “Follow our Journey” button on the left side of the home page. And to read any posts you may have missed, click “Blog Feed” on the left side of the home page.
In the meantime, I’ll leave you with these quotes by our dear English pioneering educator, Charlotte Mason:
“In this time of extraordinary pressure, educational and social, perhaps a mother’s first duty to her children is to secure for them a quiet and growing time, a full six year of passive receptive life, the waking part of it for the most part spent out in the fresh air.”
“Therefore, teaching, talk and tale, however lucid or fascinating, effect nothing until self-activity be set up; that is, self-education is the only possible education; the rest is mere veneer laid on the surface of a child’s nature.”
“What a child digs for becomes his own possession.”
“Our aim in education is to give a full life. We owe it to them to initiate an immense number of interests. Life should be all living, and not merely a tedious passing of time; not all doing or all feeling or all thinking – the strain would be too great – but, all living’ that is to say, we should be in touch wherever we go, whatever we hear, whatever we see, with some manner of vital interest.”
Not all those who wander are lost.J. R. R. TOLKIEN