So what exactly is Life Led Homeschooling?

That’s a good question. Life Led Homeschooling is a term I sort of made up to describe what it is we actually do here in our homeschool after thirteen years. I am inspired by a lot of things, but I have one end in mind: to train them up in the way they should go.

life led homeschooling

What I end up with is something that is two parts Principle Approach, one part Charlotte Mason and four parts whatever I come up with. Some may look at that and think, “Ah, eclectic!” And yeah. You could call it that. I have at times. But that does not really describe my fundamental desire to connect learning to life. Specifically, I am looking for our lessons to accomplish three things:

  1. Expand the mind.
  2. Improve character.
  3. Lead us closer to Christ.

I want our studies to go from the head to the heart and be exrpessed through our actions toward one another and our world.

In the ideal, I try to teach as Jesus did, drawing from the experiences of this world to make spiritual connections in my children. I teach, “here a little, there a little, precept upon precept (Isaiah 28:10).” In each lesson, I try to give them one Big Idea to ponder and wrestle with, not just facts and vocabulary.

In history, we pay careful attention to the biographies of leaders, noting their motivations and character. We compare their actions to what we have learned about leadership in the Bible and look at what happens when they stray too far from that ideal. In literature, we ask what the author holds up as good and compare that to what the Lord calls good. In science, we are amazed at the beauty of creation and the order that holds the entire universe together. In every subject, we seek to explore the beauty of His creation, practice discerning godly and ungodly ways of thinking and begin to apply that to our own character and to continually deepen our walk with Christ.

Do I achieve that all the time? No. Sometimes, I give them a workbook and go straighten the front room. Sometimes I pull one of the many textbooks I have amassed over the years and go over the next lesson because it is all right there and I just need a bit of a break. But when all is going well, to me education is about a conversation.

We talk about life, we learn from life and we are given Life. And that’s what Life Led Homeschooling is to me.

Oh, and if you are new here, I actually have a free unit study I wrote that exemplifies this approach pretty well: Developing Christian Character Through Gardening.

What is your approach to homeschooling?

virtual homeschool fair

This post is part of the Virtual Homeschool Fair, an opportunity for homeschool blogggers to come together and share about how and why they homeschool. Check out the other participants and recapture some of your own vision for homeschooling!

Note: all posts will be live after 8 am EST on Monday, Jan. 15th.

How Our Academic Co-op Completes Our Eclectic Homeschool by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

A Method to Our Madness by Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays

Finding Our Homeschool Method by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool

How We Homeschool by Amanda @ Hopkins Homeschool

Give Us…. by Annette @ A Net in Time

A day in our Home by Sarah@DeliveringGrace

Lit-Based Education: How We Homeschool by Debra @ Footprints in the Butter

Overhauling Our Homeschool – Adjusting our “How” to fit our “Why” by Sabrina Scheerer @ Kids, Crunch, and Christ

A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler: Expectation Vs. Reality by Leah @ As We Walk Along the Road

How Charlotte Mason Transformed Our Homeschool by Brittney @ Mom’s Heart

Captain’s Log, Supplemental – Our Homeschool Days by Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break

How we get it done. by Kim @ Good Sweet Love

How to Organize Daily Curriculum with the School Cart by Jeniffer @ Thou Shall Not Whine

Learning For LIfe by Lori H @ At Home: where life happens

Eclectic Homeschooling: When It All Comes Together by Jen @ A Helping Hand Homeschool

A Typical Day? by Lizzy @ Peaches@Home

This is the Way We Do Our School, So Early in the Morning by Laura @ Four Little Penguins

A Little of This and a Little of That: Eclectic Homeschooling by Laura O @ Day by Day in Our World

Still Classically Educating After All These Years by True North Homeschool Academy

The way we learn ~ 2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair by Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning

Our Homeschool Routine by Joelle @Homeschooling For His Glory

Homeschool Methods – 8 Tips for the Journey by Kristen @ Sunrise to Sunset


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Charlene
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This is a great resource for homeschool Moms. Thanks for sharing. I will share with friends. Charlene- https://faithtoraisenate.com

Dana
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Thank you! I hope they find it useful.

Alysia Bear
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I love this, so much! If I could homeschool, I think our methods would be similar. II envy your discipline and dedication.

Dana
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Best part is, you can incorporate a little into your parenting, even if you aren’t homeschooling. 🙂

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Sarah
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In each lesson, I try to give them one Big Idea to ponder and wrestle with. Thank you-that is a quote to remember, mull over and aim towards.

Dana
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Thank you! It is a worthy goal. I don’t always make it, but I think it is good to organize my plans with this in mind.

Echo
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Thank you for sharing this. I didn’t really understand the difference between different teaching styles for homeschooling. This is such a great read.

Jenn
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I’ve actually not heard of this before. I do not have much exposure to home schooling and don’t really know too many who have gone through it.

Brittney
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Yes! Education is about conversation, the big ideas, the living ideas . . . preparing them for the rest of their life!

Tereka
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Never tried to homeschool my children but I like your approach. Your three goals in a lesson are great to have. It reminded me of how I try to teach my children about the bible. I read, but make it into real life situations for them. Great job!

Rachel
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I have a lot of friends that homeschool. I love the flexibility of doing school around other activities and also making everything a learning experience.

Taylor Johnson
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I love how you bring lessons from Jesus and character into your homeschool!

Holly Lasha
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This is a very unique approach to homeschooling.

brittany
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This is a really beautiful way to incorporate real life and academics.

Sabrina
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This sounds like what I am trying to move toward!! I haven’t heard of the principle approach before, I will have to look into that! Thanks for sharing!

Michele P
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Love the eclectic approach that best fits each individual family! Happy Schooling!

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