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“you may never come out”
From a young age, I have loved books. Loving books means that your heart beats faster when there are shelves and shelves of books. When you go on a vacation you are sure to look for the local bookstore. Hours can be spent thumbing through each page of a book but it seems like moments. Your friends and family know that if you go into the bookstore you may never come out.
That’s why when I first discovered Classical Education I was ecstatic, to say the least. Lots and lots of wonderful stories! Sadly, for my sons, the approach was a bore. They were young and they loved when we would read stories together but the lack of hands-on studies made the subjects lifeless. As they matured and a third little boy was added to our family, we didn’t get to read together as often. We also moved four times in 2 years (my excuse for reading to fall by the wayside.)
Now enter Charlotte Mason (another schooling idea that I’ll talk about another day.) This, to me, is the best educational approach using literature as your homeschool curriculum. Having met several homeschool moms through groups I had been convinced that a Charlotte Mason education would be the best especially for my boys and for this homeschool mom that loves books.
“homeschool supplies and our curriculum was limited to crayons, pencils, sketchbooks, and books from the library.”
We ended up moving to Oahu’, Hawaii and that’s when we started using Charlotte Mason. When we first moved there we lived in a hotel suite. The room for any homeschool supplies and our curriculum was limited to crayons, pencils sketchbooks, and books from the library. We didn’t live there long but it has been one of the most beautiful places to learn about and observe nature. By the way, we only lived in the hotel for 2 months until we found a place to live.
Only living in Oahu’ for a short time my family boarded a plane to Juneau, Alaska. A big change from the warmth of the islands. The means to grow a new book collection literature was plentiful. In this small community, I would never have thought it was a literary place. Four bookstores, three healthy libraries including a wonderful Friends of the Library bookstore where I could find any book I wanted or needed for homeschool and my growing personal collection of children’s vintage books. Juneau, Alaska turned out to be the place where I could share my love of books with other homeschool moms who had the same desire and that was to open our children’s imagination with books.
“they appreciate quality writing and a good storyline”
You know, I love books so much that I have worked for the exchange of books. This book craze of mine has definitely shaped my sons’ opinion of the written word. While in all honesty not all of my son’s read as much as I do but they appreciate quality writing and a good storyline. They can read a book and share their thoughts about the story and internalize the writer’s message. In this, I feel that I have succeeded in creating that love for literature.