2020-21 School Year:
This school year will be our 14th 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!
Although you are not likely to hear much about it, our family has been impacted by chronic illness over the past years. I am mentioning it because it has impacted us as individuals and a family in many ways---and it has definitely changed the vision I had of homeschooling and as well as the way we spend our days. Also, even though I may not talk about it much here or in other online spaces my heart has a soft spot for others going through chronic illness in any form and I am glad to pray for you/your family as well as to privately talk a little about our experiences if you ever need a fellow homeschooler to bounce ideas around with as you navigate your circumstances. Feel free to message me on Instagram or Facebook if I can ever try to help or encourage you or pray for you! (You can email too if you'd rather: kimclayhs(at)gmail(dot)com---but I may not see it as quickly as a social media message.)
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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