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.
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:
- Expand the mind.
- Improve character.
- 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?
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