Homeschool Philosophies

1. Great books from history and literature should be used in place of textbooks.
2. Art, music, gardening, and foreign language are important subjects.
3. I want to use curriculum similar to what is used in public or private schools.
4. Child-led learning is important.
5. Early elementary years should focus on exploring the world with no formal lessons.
6. The parent's most important job in education is to teach the child how to learn.
7. Short lessons with focused attention are better than big chunks of time.
8. Lessons that can be used with multiple ages and grades are best.
9. I prefer to purchase grade-level curriculum packages that are planned out for me.
10. Learning is more effective when the child is interested.
11. Discussions are a major part of learning.
12. Topical studies are a great way to learn.
13. Instruction should be language-based with little use of screens.
14. Incorporating many different subjects into one study is preferable.
15. Early childhood should emphasize creative play and formal learning should be avoided before age 7.
16. A child's passion for learning should drive their education.
17. Living books are a great tool for learning.
18. I desire my children to have a rigorous education.
19. Social responsibility, empathy, creativity, and free thinking are important in my children's education.
20. Learning ideas are more important than memorizing facts.
21. Living books, projects, and activities are preferable to textbooks, workbooks, and worksheets.
22. The parent's role is to facilitate the child's education and not to teach.
23. Parents should model a love for learning, a love for work, a curious nature, and read a lot.
24. Learning to write clearly and use elegant language is important.
25. Children will learn when they are ready.
26. Education should include practical activities like household chores or handcrafts.
27. Being able to transition into a public or private school classroom is important.
28. Education is the child's responsibility.
29. Latin and logic are important subjects.
30. Parents should study and read while the child studies and reads.
31. Learning is best done in larger blocks of time.
32. Children should have long periods of uninterrupted time for child-led study.
33. Avoiding screens for children who are elementary age or younger is important.
34. Tests and grades should be given in elementary or middle school.
35. It is better to study a wide variety of subjects than to focus mainly on reading, writing, and math.
36. Our learning environment looks like a mini-classroom.
37. Learning how to learn is a priority.
38. Children should learn at their own pace.
39. Topical studies help children make connections between subjects.
40. Children should spend lots of time outside.

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