As homeschooling mothers, we are often busy with those things the must be done: chores, schedules, driving, schooling. We know there is benefit to reading good books, poetry, good music, and days of rest, but finding the time always seems difficult. The practical things, the urgent things, beckon us.
Soon, school planning time comes around. We look at our year and what wasn’t executed the way we had envisioned and we’ve heard much talk of new ideas and new ways of implementing different subjects; it can feel overwhelming. We must pick out math curricula, history books, science topics… How do we introduce writing? Is narration being done correctly? What if the kids don’t spell well? Many things seem to need our immediate attention. They all seem so urgent.
I invite you to take a few steps back. Perhaps now is a good time to take a bird’s eye view of your home school. Or perhaps fly even a bit higher than the average bird…
Let’s come together and talk about the philosophy of your homeschool. We’ll do it by diving deeply into Charlotte Mason’s “creed picture“. It was here that much of her greatest thoughts are visually expressed.
What will we talk about at the webinar?
- The Florentine mind of the Middle Ages, and the “boldness of the scheme of education” presented in the painting.
- The Holy Spirit as teacher.
- How we can co-operate in the education of our children.
- Who are the characters in the painting and why are they important?
- What messages did the artist send through the structure of the painting?
- How can the discord in our lives and school rooms brought into harmony through unity?
- What role does virtue and wisdom play in education? Should they be our aim?
- How to understand this painting from the top down and the bottom up and how that affects your school room.
Will it be practical? Yes. In the same way that having a map or GPS device is practical when driving across the country. Can you make it to your destination without one? Maybe, but you’ll be glad to have it when you are on the road. You trip will certainly be full of smooth and easy days if you can plan where to go and what to see. Surely, you will need to worry about gasoline, food, and rest stops – but it is best to start with a map. Consider this painting your roadmap!
If you haven’t registered for the webinar yet, I’d love for you to join me this Tuesday, March 21 at 8pm. We have some great folks signed up and the conversation is going to be great!