Let’s get to why I’m writing about homeschool philosophies before a haze falls across your eyes as opaquely as the haze of smoke settling into my mountain valley homestead.
I am not going to write a blog that details the homeschool philosophies in education. If you haven’t heard that there’s more than one way to homeschool, I shall direct you to these links:
Charlotte Mason homeschooling
Interest led homeschooling
I’m sure I’m missing a couple (dozen). There’s a list a mile long how you COULD homeschool, even how you SHOULD, homeschool.
So now that we’ve got that out of the way…I’m talking about YOUR philosophy.
The philosophy of education that you have inside YOU.
The unsaid and said philosophy that influences how you see your children, how you approach your child’s educational goals, their interests, whether you tell them they’re in a grade, whether they get report cards or have a recess, whether you know who the great Johns are (and I’m not talking about the apostle John, or your John Henry), whether you know when Charlotte Mason oversaw her school, whether you can explain her principles, whether you know about the grammar, logic and rhetoric phases of learning or how many pages are in Susan Wise Bauer’s famous tome (I mean book).
I remember the first few weeks we homeschooled. We sat in a circle, rang the bell at 0830 each morning, opened and closed our books on a bell schedule and sat in our home ‘classroom’ and dictated presidential quotes for the kids (dictation would be so easy now: #fakenews, or extremely challenging if you listen to run on speeches).
Anywho, that lasted two weeks. (Not the famous presidential hashtag, I mean the bell ringing. Apparently the hashtag will last much longer).
Early on, at a homeschool conference, I was encouraged to write a formal family homeschool philosophy statement each year.
Oh boy! I don’t have time to DO the homeschooling let alone write my philosophy statement. As much as I like writing, that seemed tedious.
And it is, if you’re trying to be declarative, unshifting, firm and dogmatic. What do I believe about homeschooling for the rest of my life? (#fakenews You’re never going to declare it.)
But homeschool statements are like a general outline for a book, a mission statement for a business, a budget for your family income: random acts of intention might not get you where you want to go, so you might want to direct your intentions.
Assume you’re making guesstimations as you write your homeschool philosophy. This is not a permanent record of statement, not a marriage vow, not a hand on the bible in the courtroom moment, not a declaration of presidential integrity (haha, sorry, couldn’t resist).
It’s a general outline, that you will hone for the rest of your homeschool years.
If you sit with a cup of tea and ponder the following post (maybe even write your thoughts), you’ll have the base outline for your homeschool philosophy:
And if you just gotta know where your homeschool philosophy sensibilities lie, for no reason but JUST FOR FUN, you can check out this quiz and see where your homeschool philosophy quiz most aligns:
Watching my kids approach learning, questioning why I was homeschooling, what the benefits were, compelled me to consider, what is an education? My thoughts remain the same as a few years ago:
But ponder it, consider it, what is your intention toward your child’s education?
Count on it that whatever you write THIS YEAR, will definitely not be the same as you write NEXT YEAR.