Posted By Jennifer McBride on August 25, 2011
Here are three wonderful-packed-with-wisdom-articles on Home Education by Ann Voskamp:
A Day in the Life of Homeschooling: 7 Rungs (Note: One of my very favorite articles and one I reread when I need fresh inspiration:
Habits into hours, decisions into days, lists into a life.
The way in which we live our moments, our choices for the gift of the next 24 hours, are rungs on a ladder. The rungs take us somewhere. These moments are rungs scaling each and everyday… making a life.
How do we know everyday what is a worthwhile investment of our time and what will burn up, straw at the end of time? How do we cultivate not simply well-trained minds, but nurture holistic, well-lived lives? How do we work everyday towards raising up children, who are not merely academic automatons, but exuberant, soul-healthy, worshipers of God, committed to meaningful, eternal Kingdom work? How do we set our ladders against the right wall, and make the opportunity of today count for eternity?
Simply put, how do we make our way through a day?
Everyday, we endeavor to scale seven rungs. These seven rungs are our scaffolding for each day, “scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time” (Annie Dillard). Scaffolding to work on sections of time… and portions of hearts. Everyday, we wake, grab the first rung, and begin our way through the day.
How to Simply Homeschool: The Four Simple Cornerstones (Note: Recommended resources at the end of this article):
Ultimately, for us, I think I’ve just embraced that a quality education simply focuses on commitment — of both the learner and the teacher.
A commitment by both parties to constant learning, contagious creativity, curiosity, and consistency. These are the four cornerstones, for us, of simple homeschooling.
So to say from the outset, that I do not think in any way that homeschooling makes a family virtuous. Homeschooling is not a formula for perfection, nor is homeschooling a panacea for all the sin in this world. We’re all messy and fallen and sin-scraped. We and our children are born sinners. Homeschooling will not fix any of that. Only Jesus and His grace can.