Architecture: The Study of Humanity

Architecture: The Study of Humanity 


"Architecture is the most universal of all the arts. It is also the most expressive of all the arts, expressive not only of the artist, but of whole peoples and their times.
Furthermore it is the one art which touches everybody." 
~Joseph Watterson 

"Architecture is a speech known and read for all men: and it is by its great buildings, even more than by its literature, that a country or an age is estimated by posterity." 
~H. Wykeham 

Why Architecture? 
Architecture tells the story of humanity. It is a study in the values, pursuits, talents, failures, struggles, triumphs, and impact of each age of history, and it is both an art and a science that gives insight into the world. From the pyramids of Egypt to the cathedrals of the middle ages to the log cabins of the western settlers to the skyscrapers of today, every study of humans will include a study of their structures. 

Charlotte Mason identified Architecture as History, Art, and Science and scheduled it in various ways, utilizing various books. She mentions its importance in the study of any period of history, suggests it as a Handicraft (building clay models of buildings), and scheduled it as a "general science". 

We too can study Architecture alongside our History, as an Art Study or Handicraft, or as a Science, but it also benefits from its own place in the schedule in which all aspects of its study are pursued. 

A Few Principles of Architecture: 
*Architecture is a study that appeals to all learning modalities and is accessible to all ages and types of people (making it perfect for communal learning) 
*Architecture is the study of the history of humanity, not just of structures. Buildings are intimately associated with the life of humans and even when looking at Architecture through the lens of science, humanity should never be removed from its study. 
*Architecture is a prime example of, and a great opportunity for, the science of relations to occur
and be displayed. 
*The study of Architecture contributes to a greater and more holistic understanding of and appreciation for history, science, art, religion, culture, math, Scripture, Shakespeare, Literature, practical skills, and politics. 

Here are a few examples of the connections between Architecture and the rest of a living education. 
(See if you can discover and understand each connection and its significance!) 



A Breakdown of Architecture as History, Science, and Art

Architecture as History

To know and understand buildings is to know and understand men. 

1. Study the Most Important Buildings of Your Current Time Period 
2. Study the Most Important Features of Your Current Time Period
3. Add to BOC and History Charts 
4. Discuss the Architecture Involved in Significant Events 
5. Study Artifacts and Buildings Individually

Architecture as Art 

"The artist has indispensable lessons to give us, whether he convey them through the brush of the painter, the vast parables of the architect, or through such another cathedral built of sound..." 
1. Do "Picture Studies" and "Picture Talks" With Images of Buildings 
2. Make Building Models as Handicrafts 
3. Study Design and Its Connection to Architecture 
4. Discuss the Elements of Buildings and Eras That Are Aesthetic in Purpose 

Architecture as Science 
1. Study Technique, Design, Technologies, Physics 
2. Follow Development of Architectural Science and Advancement Over Time 
3. Compare Modern Methods w/ Ancient Ones 
4. Examine Specific Materials and Their Evolution and Use  (example: concrete) 
5. Examine Specific Design Elements and Their Physics (example: domes) 
6. Examine Specific Structures and Their Physics 


Whether you choose to combine Architecture with History, Science, or Art or whether you give it a place of its own, you can structure all lessons in this format: 
1. Read
2. Narrate (oral, building, or drawing) 
3. Examine (photos, models, etc) 
4. Timeline (History Charts or Discussion) 


How We Do Architecture Lessons
My family gives Architecture a place of its own, combining elements of Art, History, and Science in
1-2 lessons each week, dividing our lessons into: 

1. Architecture Study (History and Art) 
2. Practical Architecture (Science) 



Architecture Study 
Each term we study Architecture related to our History time period. We have studied Pyramids for Egypt, Log Cabins for the Westward Expansion, Cathedrals and Castles for the Middle Ages, Indigenous Homes for Early America, the many structures of Ancient Greece, the library of Congress, and much more. 

For two terms we read and narrate a book; these narrations include building models (with lego, clay, etc), drawing plans and diagrams, and orally narrating. 

We love the books by David Macaulay and read one every time there's one available for our current time period. We also love the Fast Forward Series and books by Bobbie Kalman. 
We spread each book out over a term, reading two each year. 

For our last term each year, we do Picture Studies and Picture Talks of the structures and artifacts of our time period, using the Stuff They Left Behind Portfolios. 


Practical Architecture 
Every other week, we study the Science of Architecture by applying its various elements to practice exercises and activities. 

For lessons, we use Architecture for Kids, which guides children through a variety of activities to explore architecture's elements and understand them contextually and through a scientific lens. After repeating this book a few times, we will (as a family) move on to Architecture for Teens

Each boy also looks at Architecture as a career in one term of their Career Studies, and one of them pursues it as an Occupation of his own. For this, we love the Architect Academy and Architecture Scribble Book from Usborne. 



Other Resources We Love/Use/Plan to Use: 

Archidoodle: The Architect's Activity Book
The Future Architect's Handbook and The Future Architect's Tool Kit
Sketch Like an Architect
Draw 50 Buildings and Other Structures
Dover Architecture Coloring Books
The Story of Buildings
Architecture: A Visual History
Dover Architecture Series
Architecture Shown to the Children
Architecture: Five Thousand Years of Building (out of print-watch for used copies) 
Architecture of the World Series (for older students/reference) 
Great Buildings Collection Website




 















A Mind Alive: My Schole Routine


A Mind Alive:
My Schole Routine and
Current Schole Selections 

My inbox is full of discussions about Schole, and that truly delights me.
The mind of a homeschool mom is one in great need of vitality and it is a powerful force for goodness and beauty when it is well nourished. ⁣

⁣One thing that I’m consistently asked is how I actually *do* Schole, daily and weekly. When I was new to the idea of Schole, I too wanted to see exactly how it is *done*. 
Schole is a wonderful concept, but it only gives vitality if it’s an unwavering habit of life, so I’m happy to share a look into my own Schole routine: ⁣


Morning
From 5-7 am, I do the bulk of my Schole for the day. 
This is how that typically goes: 

1. Scripture and Prayer
I inductively study one OT book and one NT book of the Bible at a time, (more below about how I study inductively) and I also keep a study going of some form of Apologetics or Theology.

I do these on different days of the week. 

Occasionally, I finish off this time with a “devotional”, but 90% of devotionals available are of poor quality at best and terrible theology at worst, so I don’t prioritize it.⁣
I prefer to read and study Scripture like a theologian, armed for battle not pacified. 
(I go into great detail about inductive study and how to study Scripture well in my workshop called
The Living Word for Moms.) 

Current Selections: 
Old Testament Book: Haggai 
I use several commentaries, and I read through the commentaries available on the
Blue Letter Bible app. I also do a study of the original language and translation of key themes and words within the book. 

I highlight inductively (this process is also explained in the workshop linked above), and I also mark the entire book in my Bible with key word and theme symbols. For this, I typically use the keys provided by Kari King Dent

I also enjoy the book studies (which are inductive in nature) from Daily Grace Co, and am currently using the one for Haggai entitled "The God That Comes Near"

New Testament Book: 1 Thessalonians 
I am doing everything for this book as explained above, and am also working my way through the inductive study for this book from Bible Study Fellowship on the Word Go app.
(I am not endorsing BSF as an organization, but I enjoy working through their studies on my own.) 

Theology Study: Atonement Theories 
I am currently studying various theories of atonement, and am doing this with various articles from trusted sources and commentaries. I have studied atonement theories thoroughly before, but am doing it again based upon various conversations I am currently engaged in. 

Theology Book: Gospel Wakefulness by Jared C. Wilson

2. Scripture Writing and Memory ⁣

I always have some portion of Scripture that I’m writing and/or memorizing. ⁣
Right now, I am writing a Scripture each day for my Obedient Joy Challenge and I am memorizing some Psalms using the Dwell Scripture Memory Journal from Daily Grace Co. 

3. Keeping⁣

I then move on to my commonplace, which I generally keep daily and then either my Nature Journal or Book of Centuries for a weekly entry. ⁣
You can read more about all three of these in my "The Art of Keeping" Post.

I am also currently working through the daily challenges in my Delighting in Schole guide with a group of ladies and I think I will do this again when finished as it provides refreshment to these habits. 

4. Serial Reads⁣

I require myself to spend at least 30 minutes reading each morning, and I start with my current subscriptions on the Serial Reader app, which are always classics. ⁣This helps me ensure that I have cycled through a few books each day so that if my afternoon and evening reading keeps me in a single book I have still spread a wide feast for my mind each day. It also helps ensure that I am making progress in my "Slow and Steady" book and always reading through Shakespeare and other classics. 

Current Selections: 
My current serial subscriptions are Anna Karenina (this is my current Slow and Steady read),
Jane Eyre, The Taming of the Shrew, and Notes From Underground. 

5. Poetry⁣

It took my years, but I made reading poetry daily a solid habit and I now can’t imagine my mornings without it. ⁣Poetry is life giving and provides my moral imagination with metaphor and my mind with beautiful language and ideas. 

Current Selections:
I am currently reading an out-of-print book of Wordsworth selections. 

6. Handicrafts, Art, Music⁣

I do a handicraft once each week, which is usually a pastel piece and on the other days I either do a picture study, listen to a new piece of music and some old favorites, or create some other form of art.

If any of that is new to you, you might enjoy the daily challenges in Delighting in Schole, as it provides some exposure and guidance for all of this. ⁣

7. Mother’s Education⁣

I then move on to a lesson in either Writing, Logic, or Math depending on the day of the week. ⁣
This is vital in order to be a lifelong learner, to continually stretch myself, and to model for my children that learning is a worthy pursuit no matter what stage of life you are currently in. 

Current Selections: 
Math: A Concrete Approach to Abstract Algebra
Logic: Logic Self-Taught Workbook
Writing: On Writing Well

8. Job Training⁣

I finish off my morning readings with some form of educational philosophy or classical reading, because I consider good research to be both an enjoyable and a nonnegotiable part of my job (I would never want to “influence” anyone regarding anything I wasn’t highly researched in 😘)⁣

Current Selections: 
A Philosophy of Education by Charlotte Mason (I read this once each year) 
Why Knowledge Matters
Various Articles, etc 

Finally, I exercise and get my work and school day started. ⁣

Afternoon
In the afternoon, I follow my 30-30-30 rule and sit down for at least 30 more minutes of reading physical books. I also play audiobooks while doing my exercise and all of my daily chores. 

What I am currently reading: 
One True Thing (audio) 
The Big Rock Candy Mountain (audio) 
Salvation of a Saint: Detective Galileo #2 (audio) 
The Taming of the Shrew (serial reader)
Jane Eyre (serial reader) 
The Summer Book (physical book) 
New Girl in Little Cove (audio) 
All American Boys (audio) 
HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style (physical book) 
Before the Ever After (audio) 
Charis in the World of Wonders (physical book) 
The Great Gatsby (audio) 
And Now I Spill the Family Secrets (physical book) 
Why Knowledge Matters (physical book) 
The Midnight Library (physical book) 
A Fatal Grace (physical book) 
Notes from Underground (serial reader) 
Great American Short Stories (physical book) 
Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting and Living With Books (physical book)
The Mysterious Affair at Styles (physical book) 
The Joy Luck Club (physical book) 
Let's Play Math (physical book) 
Gospel Wakefulness (physical book) 
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (physical book) 
Anna Karenina (serial reader) 
City of God (audio) 
Towards a Philosophy of Education 

Evening
In the evening, I again read for at least 30 minutes. 
Then, I will finish up anything from my morning routine that I may have missed.

Sometimes I also use the evening schole time I have available to work on some light, yet stimulating things like sketching or watching an educational video. 


Summer Reading List

 Summer Reading

     for Delight 

Picture Books
Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie dePaola
If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff
Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle
Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Henny Penny by Paul Galdone
The Sleepy Owl by Marcus Pfister
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Burt Dow Deep Water Man by Robert McCloskey
Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats
A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
Mouse Tales by Arnold Lobel
Daisy Comes Home by Jan Brett
The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco
The Gardener by Sarah Stewart
The Bossy Gallito by Lucia M. Gonzalez
The Bird House by Cynthia Rylant
The Chadwick Series by Priscilla Cummings
All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan
As an Oak Tree Grows by Brian Karas


Short Novels
A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
The Mouse of Amherst by Elizabeth Spires
Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
My Father’s Dragon by Rule Stiles Gannet
The Littles Series by John Peterson
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
The Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgliesh

Novels
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards
Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski
Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
The Bark of the Bog Owl by Jonathan Rogers
The Tanglewood's Secret by Patricia St. John
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth
The Dragon of Lonely Island by Rebecca Rupp
The End of the Beginning by Avi
 

History and Natural History  
The Tarantula in my Purse by Jean Craighead George
Beaks by Sneed B. Collard III
Lovely Beasts by Kate Gardner
What Do You Do If You Work at the Zoo by Steve Jenkins   
Locomotive by Brian Flocca
The Mary Celeste by Jane Yolen
Bob the Railway Dog by Corinne Fenton
A Fine Dessert by Emily Jenkins and Sophie Blackwell
14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy 


Tales
The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Holden
Giant John by Arnold Lobel
The Clown of God by Tomie dePaola
Uncle Wiggly's Story Book by Howard R. Garis 
How Many Spots Does a Leopard Have by Julius Lester 
Anno’s Twice Told Tales by Mitsumassa Anno 

2022 Curriculum Choices

Note 1:
Each year, I give a detailed plan of our schedule and our chosen resources. 

Our 2020 schedule and resources can be found here, and our schedule and resources from this year can be found here (although if you compare that list to the following one, you will see that I made changes as a homeschool mom is apt to do) ;). 

We begin each school year in January, but I choose resources and plan for the following year 6 months in advance. So, I have made our choices for 2022 and will share them below. 

However, I haven't completed our schedule for 2022 yet, so I am sharing my resource/curriculum choices in simple list form, with a few notes about what I do know about how we will be using it. 

Our schedule for 2022 will be similar to our current one, but it needs tweaking to make room for chosen resources and for changes due to the ages of my boys. 

I will update about our 2022 schedule as soon as I have it completed, but here is what we will be using: 

Note 2: 
I hold to Charlotte Mason's principles, but I apply her practices with my own wisdom and discernment. I love her, but I don't idolize her, and I believe her principles and practices provide us with both a foundation for education based upon personhood and also with great freedom. 
I use a variety of resources, and I both choose and avoid resources based upon their quality, merit, approach to education and personhood, and my needs....not upon how high they would rank with the "Charlotte Mason Police". ;) So, if you see a resource that surprises you, assume that I am using it according to Mason's principles, and feel free to ask any questions whatsoever! 


2022 Curriculum and Book Choices: 
7th and 3rd Grade

Group Lessons 

History

American
Westward Expansion - Civil War 
U READ THROUGH History
We will be using the Book suggestions, some of the discussion questions, and a few of the additional activities and resources provided for both the Westward Expansion plans and the Civil War plans (spending about 1 1/2 terms on each). 

Ancient: Greece and Rome/ Aztecs and Mayans 
The Mystery of History Volume 1
(Weeks 13-35) 
We will be covering Ancient History for only two terms, and covering Texas History for a term instead of Ancient History. 

Readers and Supplements- 
Tools of the Ancient Greeks 
Tools of the Ancient Romans 
Explore Ancient Greece 
Explore Ancient Rome 
Good Old Days on the Farm

Architecture
Term 1- American Barns 
Barns and Barns Photo Book

Term 2- Greek Structures and Artifacts 
The Stuff They Left Behind Portfolio: Ancient Greece 

Term 3- Roman City 
City

Biography
Term 1- Famous Men of Greece 
Term 2- Julius Caesar Landmark Book (out of print, must find used)
Term 3- Famous Men of Rome 

Historical Culture 
All About Archeology (1 day each week) 
The American Farm Tractor (1 day each week) 

Mapping 
Term 1- Delighting in the World Volume 2: National Parks (not yet released) 
Term 2-Draw Mexico, Central and South America 
Term 3- Delighting in the World Volume 3: New York (not yet released) 




Language 

Copywork and Group Grammar
Wheelers Graded Studies (public domain) 

Literature 
Term 1- Greek Myths / Caddie Woodlawn 
Term 2- Roman Diary / The Bears on Hemlock Mountain 
Term 3- Children's Homer / Bull Run 

Poetry
Term 1- NM Bodecker 
Term 2- Longfellow 
Term 3-Maya Angelou 

Tales
Term 1- A Child's Introduction to Norse Mythology
Term 2- Delighting in Tale and Song Volume 3: Sleeping Beauty (not yet released) 
Term 3- TBD 

Shakespeare
Delighting in Shakespeare: Hamlet (not yet released) 
We will use this all year rather than for a term like it is written.
We do this with a group and slow it way down. 

Vocabulary 
Word a Day Intermediate



Math 
Family Time Math (one day each week) 
Your Business Math (1 day each week) 
Elementary Geometry (1 day each week)

Stories- Number Stories of Long Ago (one day each week)
Games- Assorted 



Art 

Studio Art 
Arttango 
(we are using this during Term 3 of 2021, so in 2022 we will complete Year 3 and move on to Year 4) 

Picture Study 
Term 1- Picasso 
Essential Artists Picasso 
Masters of Art Picasso 
Picasso and the Girl With a Ponytail 

Term 2- TBD: Whichever artist is next from The Art of Color Study 

Term 3- Rembrandt 
Picture Study Portfolio

Handicrafts 
Term 1- Cooking 
Using this Free Printable Plan for Nourishing Traditions Cookbook for Children 
Term 2- Printmaking 
Term 3- TBD 



Music 

Hymn Study
Term 1- In Christ Alone/Amazing Grace 
Heritage Hymns

Term 2- Holy, Holy, Holy/When I Survey the Wondrous Cross 
Delighting in Hymns Volume 3 (not yet released) 

Term 3- Down at the Cross/Immortal, Invisible God Only Wise 
Heritage Hymns 

Folk Songs 
Term 1- Swing Low Sweet Chariot (using DF Folk Songs Schedule and the internet) 
Term 2- Fair Rosa (using Delighting in Tale and Song Volume 3- not yet released) 
Term 3- When I First Came to This Land (using DF Folk Songs Schedule and the internet) 

Composer Study
Term 1- Bach (Using DF Bach Composer Study
Term 2- Gershwin (Using DF Gershwin Composer Study- not yet released) 
Term 3- Mozart (Using DF Mozart Composer Study)

Music Theory
Term 1- Music at Home Musicianship Unit 2 
Term 2- Delighting in Hymns Volume 3
Term 3- Music at Home Musicianship Unit 3 
 
Solfa 
Term 1- Solfa Sofa Unit 3
Term 2- Sing Solfa Unit 3 
Term 3- Sing Solfa Unit 4 

Ballet 
Term 1- Swan Lake 
Term 2- Sleeping Beauty 
Term 3- Coppelia 
For Ballet I Use: 
A Child's Introduction to Ballet
The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories
The Orchard Book of Stories From the Ballet
101 Stories of the Great Ballets



Christian Studies 

Bible:
Ruth/Luke 

Memory Work
Romans 8 and Catechism 

Church History
Trial and Triumph 



Natural History and Science 

Special Studies
Delighting in Animals: Endangered and Extinct 
Delighting in Creation: Wildflowers (not yet released) 
Delighting in the Universe: Our Solar System (not yet released) 

Natural History 
A Shared Wonder: Birds and Weather
(we are using this in 2021 as well, and I slowed it down to stretch it for two years and read more of the suggested books) 

Science 
Learning With Friends Bundles
Term 1: Biology Bundle 
Term 1: Weather Bundle 
Term 3: Chemistry Bundle 

Noeo Biology 2
(we are using this in 2021 as well, but we needed to slow it down and stretch it across 2 years) 

Other
Daily Nature Calendar 
Monthly Forest School Meetings 



Technology and Other 

Computer Science 
Computer Science Unplugged

Art Journals (daily)

Hand Clapping Fun


Individual Lessons 

Language 

Handwriting

7th Grade: The HEV Project Cursive and (continue) The Good and the Beautiful Level 6
3rd Grade: The Good and the Beautiful Level 2

Phonics
3rd Grade: 
Treasure Hunt Reading (finishing up Journey 2 and completing Journey 3) 
Learning Language Arts Through Literature: Red Book 

Grammar/Composition:
7th Grade:
Learning Language Arts Through Literature Purple Book 
Editor in Chief: Book 3 


Math 

3rd Grade:
Plain and Not So Plain Level 4
Plus- Life of Fred, Anton, and some bits of MEP 

7th Grade:
Plain and Not So Plain Level 6 
Hands on Banking
Plus-Life of Fred, Khan Academy, and some bits of MEP 


Career Exploration 

3rd Grade: Academy Series
Pilot, Chef, Doctor (one per term) 
7th Grade: Academy Series 
Pilot, Scientist, Entrepreneur 

Both: That's a Job Series 
Animals and Art 


Coding 
3rd Grade: Code.Org Course B / ScratchJR app
7th Grade: Code.Org Course D/ The Coding Book


7th Grade Lessons 

Citizenship 
The US Constitution and You
Current Events- various sources 

Science 
Exploring Creation With Chemistry and Physics
For the Love of Physics
Basher Science: Chemistry, Physics, and The Periodic Table of the Elements 

Logic
The Fallacy Detective
Critical Thinking 

Equine History
Beautiful Feet Books History of the Horse
(We made this a 2-year program to suit our needs) 

Typing
finish The Good and the Beautiful Level 3 



Not Yet Listed/Determined: 
Recitation Pieces 
Foreign Language 
Geography Readers 
Habits 
Scouting
(I don't know if I will be able to publish enough units to use all year, so this is TBD)
Plutarch's Lives







Questions for Intentional Homeschooling

         How Intentional is Your Homeschool? One of my earliest, and most difficult, lessons in faithfulness in my homeschool was a lesson in intentionality.

I had to learn that I can't actually be faithful in practice to what I haven't faithfully crafted. Randomly choosing resources, changing resources at whim, and basing my choices upon reviews or what my friend is doing are all things that led directly to my inability to be faithful in my homeschool.

As I worked towards more intentionality in my homeschool, I had to encounter and navigate the following questions, and I revisit them yearly in order to ensure that I am actively engaged in crafting a homeschool, rather than simply stumbling into a schedule and a list of resources and "going through the motions." I now present these questions to moms as they attempt to evaluate their own intentionality in homeschooling, as thoughts to ponder during the journey towards imperfect, yet faithful, homeschooling crafted intentionally.

1. Do you know your philosophy of education, and do you know how every single item being used in your homeschool fits into that philosophy? *Your philosophy should be personal, and can be aligned with more than one major homeschool philosopher, but you *should* know what you believe about education and how you best think it should be accomplished. Your philosophy isn't a set of handcuffs, but rather a tether to keep you from blowing about wildly and being swept away by every wind of homeschooling trend.
2. Do you know the foundational philosophy of your chosen math curriculum, and how it meets your educational goals, or are you simply using what is easiest, most convenient, what you've always used, or what your friend uses?
3. Do you know what you believe about the acquisition of language, and how it fits into your overall philosophy of education? Did you carefully choose your reading, literature, poetry, spelling, grammar, composition, and foreign language resources based upon this philosophy and your educational goals or are you simply using what is easiest, most convenient, what you've always used, or what your friend uses?
4. Do you make choices on your schedule, your resources, changes, needs, books, and curriculum based upon your friend's experience with her family, the enthusiasm of an "influencer", or because someone who has homeschooled for longer than you insists that it is the best choice? Or, do you instead seek out the wisdom and hard-earned knowledge of several professionals who review curriculum and resources objectively, and make the understanding of philosophy their work and pursuit?
5. Do you have a deep understanding of exactly what you believe a person is, learning is, and the purpose of education is? (These are the things that an educational philosophy are built upon). Do you rely upon this understanding to determine when you should stick with difficult things because they are contributing to your ultimate purpose and when you should drop books or resources because they don't fit your long-term goals?
6. Do you spend time praying over your decisions and do you ask God to make you faithfully obedient in the work that He has given you?
7. Do you stay the course when you should and pivot when you should and do you know the difference?
8. If I asked you why you're using _____________ (insert any resource or book here), could you easily tell me exactly why you've chosen that particular book or resource and how it fits into your educational philosophy?
9. If I asked you why you have __________(insert any lesson here) scheduled at this time instead of this time, could you easily tell me your intended purpose in that scheduling choice?
10. Do you have a long view of each subject in your homeschool, holding those plans loosely and adapting as needed, but having some idea of what you intend for your child's education to look like over the coming years?
Your instincts are God-given, Momma, and they should never be minimized. You should rely upon them, trust them, and make use of them. But, your instincts are honed and perfected when you are intentional about every aspect of your homeschool. It is a great investment to think deeply about every aspect of your homeschool, but it is a worthy investment. Not only is it a worthy investment, it is your rightful duty. There is abundant grace in home education, and you should know that God will make more of your homeschooling efforts than you are able to achieve on your own. But, homeschooling is also God's work for you, and investing in it profoundly is a rightful response to His calling upon our lives to educate and raise children for His kingdom.
A faithful homeschool is an intentional one. You can't be faithful to what you haven't intentionally pondered, planned, and prepared.
Every aspect of your homeschool should serve your intended purpose, and you should be absolutely clear about what your intended and ultimate purpose is.
Be intentional in your homeschool, friends, so that you can be faithful within this holy work. For a free, printable version of the above questions, along with a tool for evaluating your own homeschool intentionality, visit the Tools and Freebies section of the shop.


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