2019-20 School Year:
This school year will be our 13th year homeschooling since we began homeschooling our oldest. While I (Kim) am heavily influenced by the educational philosophy and methods of Charlotte Mason, I am continually learning and refining my own practices to meet the unique needs of these sweet born persons I am privileged to mother and teach. I love being with my family every day and I am so thankful to be able to spend full days with these amazing people! We have our share of hard times and even a bit more so over the past few years as chronic illness is something with which we have become intimately acquainted. However, you are likely not to hear much, if anything, about it here. I'm mentioning it because it has impacted us as individuals and a family in many ways. Even if other homeschoolers don't talk much about their own struggles with and through chronic illness either, when I know someone has, it's as if I can understand what they do share in a different way. And for those who share a good bit about it----I can so relate much of the time!
Before becoming a home educator, I taught children in public schools for ten years, mostly in grades kindergarten, first, second or third. For five of those years I taught in multi-age classrooms of kindergarten, first and second grade students. I wish I would have known of Charlotte Mason in those days! I would have LOVED to utilize artist/picture study, composer study, and other easily integrated methods. We already sang, read poetry (and had poetry recitations at the end of each day), and to some extent practiced oral narration (not in the fully CM way, but just as a course of exchanging ideas and information) and nature study (science with young students involves mostly natural/easy to find objects, plants or animals).
I think I am really just a (practically) lifelong homeschooler, as I'm the oldest of four children and we played "school" all the time. So much so that when my youngest sister went to kindergarten, her teacher asked where she went to preschool; and my mom replied---in our living room, with her big sister. (Or something like that. That story/memory always makes me smile.) When I was in third grade I got to go help my kindergarten teacher if I finished my own work early. I'd put smiley faces on papers, files things, lead songs, read to the children, and such----and by then I was hooked. Education has always been a part of my life and loves.
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