It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense. Robert G. Ingersoll
Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you’ve never been hurt and live like it’s heaven on Earth.Mark Twain
To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while. Josh Billings
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. Mark Twain
Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action.Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I try not to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.Mikhail Baryshnikov
The primary purpose of a liberal education is to make one's mind a pleasant place in which to spend one's time. Sydney J. Harris
The mother's heart is the child's school-room. Henry Ward Beecher
Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. Edward Everett
The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn. John Lubbock
Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. Meryl Streep
If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders. Abigail Van Buren
An educational system isn't worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn't teach them how to make a life. Author Unknown
The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. Sydney J. Harris
Education is a progressive discovery of our ignorance. Will Durant
Education aims to give you a boost up the ladder of knowledge. Too often, it just gives you a cramp on one of its rungs. Martin H. Fischer
You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself. Galileo Galilei
Education is too important to be left solely to educators. Francis Keppel
The formative period for building character for eternity is in the nursery. The mother is queen of that realm and sways a scepter more potent than that of kings or priests. Author Unknown
I am not a teacher; only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead--ahead of myself as well as of you. George Bernard Shaw
[Education] consists mainly in what we have unlearned. Mark Twain
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. Frederick Douglass
Education is not filling a bucket but lighting a fire. William B. Yeats
The historian is a prophet in reverse.Friedrich von Schlegel
Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. John Dewey
If the doors of perception were cleansed, every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.William Blake
An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy. Spanish Proverb
Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.Plato
The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without a teacher. Elbert Hubbard
If you don’t have a plan for your life, someone else does.Anthony Robbins
For the unlearned, old age is winter; for the learned it is the season of harvest.The Talmud
Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible -- the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family. Virginia Satir
That best academy, a mother's knee. James Russell Lowell
Only the curious will learn and only the resolute will overcome the obstacles to learning. The quest quotient has always excited me more than the intelligence quotient. Edmund S. Wilson
Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve. Roger Lewin
Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants. John W. Gardner
The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.Ralph Waldo Emerson
One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters. George Herbert
There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million. Walt Streightiff
Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it. William Haley
Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. Robert Fulghum
Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. Marion C. Garretty
We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.Chuck Palahniuk
You send your child to the schoolmaster, but 'tis the schoolboys who educate him. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives. Robert Maynard Hutchins
The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas. George Santayana
It is little short of a miracle that modern methods of instruction have not already completely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry... I believe that one could even deprive a healthy beast of prey of its voraciousness if one could force it with a whip to eat continuously whether it were hungry or not... Albert Einstein
But, good gracious, you've got to educate him first. You can't expect a boy to be vicious till he's been to a good school. Saki (H. H. Munro)
There's nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitive child. Frank A. Clark
My idea of education is to unsettle the minds of the young and inflame their intellects. Robert Maynard Hutchins
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Through the history of the world, families have worked together to put food on the table and survive. Even in modern times, many families must combine their efforts to prosper in the world.
Our modern Western economy is one that has traded away “family togetherness” to obtain efficiency and wealth. Developed nations have generated a level of wealth such that the “poor” are better off than most of the developing world’s population. Family farms and family businesses have become uncommon. Children rarely need to perform hard labor for the well-being of their family.
Our current model of schooling does not allow as much time for families to work together. Children who attend school for most of the day come home tired and in need of some down-time and often with homework to do. If one or both parents work, then they may outsource some or much of the work, such as housecleaning and meal preparation.
When Mike and I were first considering home schooling our children, we read many of the writings of Oliver and Rachel DeMille. They taught that the most important thing for young children up to the age of 8 years to learn, is core values of what is right and wrong, good and bad, the value of relationships, fun and a foundation of family work. We can accomplish this by spending time with our children, playing together, working together, reading inspiring stories and modeling day-to-day examples of goodness.
This pattern should continue as our children grow older. As we show them our willingness to work, make good decisions and serve others, we can help them develop strong characters and integrity. If this is our desire, we have to be very purposeful to make it happen, no matter what education model we follow. And if we are purposeful, we can help it happen no matter what form of education we choose for our children.
I’ve been pondering on this theme as we’ve been trying to get more organized with our home work system. We divided the house into zones and have each child and the youngest two care for one zone, keeping it picked up and tidy. We switch zones each week. Here is the chart we created.
The children also need to have their rooms clean, music practiced, animals tended and dishes done before they are at “Level 2″ and can have privileges. I confess. My friend told me about the system she bought and so I bought one too.
It has worked fairly well. The kids earn tickets and are supposed to be able to buy stuff from the family store each week, but I don’t keep up with it well, so I’m changing to a monthly “family store” event.
I also attended a women’s conference at my church and spoke to one of my friends about her garden system. She told me how easy it is, with little maintenance, and how much better it grows than her greenhouse. Once I heard that, I went straight to her house and bought a kit. Once home I proceeded to rally my children to work with me for several hours to help me get it set up (I was sore the next morning and it inspired me to write this post). You can read about this garden system HERE.
Let me be transparent now. We are NOT perfect at this by any stretch of the imagination. To be honest, it’s been hit or miss lately. We are going to be planning our school for next year soon. We will probably be doing at least some home school. We are looking forward to having more time and focus for working together as well as learning together.
What is your favorite memory of working with your family?
As many of you know, my educational philosophy is basically to figure out what is best for each child through inspiration, love and diligence. This past year we had to of our children in the local charter school, one doing school online, and the oldest doing half online and half in a high school program with the local college that offers college credit.
This school year our oldest continues in that program and our next four children are all going to the charter school. We love that school! It is Montessori with a free and fun environment. Each of the kids enjoys going and they are very happy.
We still do music lessons, but we have cut back on our other activities so that our lives are not so crazy. I have been teaching more classes on essential oils and so it has been good to simplify. I have my two babies at home, boys ages 2 and 4. I must also admit that I have a helper that drives the kids around and prepares food in our home. This enables me to do more of the things that I want to do right now.
My husband and I have been talking about next year. We want to scale back on the things we are each personally doing so that perhaps we can homeschool most of the kids again. We tend to do things seasonally and enjoy that. We are wanting to connect with our kids again in a different way by having them home, traveling, and reading some good, core books together.
Because I am focusing more on sharing messages of good health and empowering families with natural tools, I am going to be scaling back on this category for a while. A girl can only do so much
You know I’m a sucker for anything educational, that’s really fun. Well, I’ve discovered a really great tool for my kids… A website that offers free videos about the alphabet, and other fun musicals starring my own children!
The great news is that most of it is free! It was created by the Spiridellis brothers, co-creator’s of JibJab, one of my favorite companies (I say this with a disclaimer that some of Jibjab’s content is inappropriate for families, but I have found so much fun there, that I do affiliate with them!).
StoryBots mission is to make learning fun for kids, and easy for parents, and they do it well. They echo my own educational philosophies when they say, “We believe that in order for us to have any educational impact, we first need to entertain. Once a child is having fun, they are open to (and capable of) learning anything. Some of our products have educational elements, like the ABC Jamboree and Beep & Boop, while others, like Starring You, are all about fun.”
The ABC Jamboree is a collection of 26, one-minute videos that features each letter of the alphabet. Currently, they have almost all the letters done. Each video features the kids’ favorite cast of bots, while helping kids learn what the letters look and sound like using colorful graphics and catchy songs. Each of the songs can be downloaded for free to put on your portable devices… perfect for on-the-go moms to play to their kids anywhere they go.
Starring You Videos and Storybooks enables parents to create custom, animated clips and eBooks featuring their children. The child’s name and face are included in the storyline, making it interactive and fun. The videos are free to make online, and the storybooks come in a form of an app for the iPad. This free app comes with one free book, with additional books coming in at $3.99 a book each month. Here’s one I did that I LOVE!
Even more books are available for only $1.99 each after that. You can see more fun ones on my YouTube Channel.
The company hopes to expand their products even more online , and I can’t wait to see what they create next!
My family has loved seeing their faces on these cute videos and being a part of the stories. I hope you will be able to share them with your kids as well to make learning fun and interactive!
I gave this lesson in my church and so I thought I’d share it with you, dear readers. When we are talking about changing people’s lives through Christ-like service, I believe there are some important and hard questions we need to ask ourselves.
The first might be “how concerned are we about helping other people, change their lives for the better?” (…especially our own children, as they grow older and start making more of their own decisions.)
One principle of liberal arts education is the process of searching out mentors, instead of professors. What does this mean?
Many teachers want to “tell” the student what they need to know and what to think. It’s kind of a forced thing. The student has little choice about what they are to learn. This is appropriate in some situations. But if this is the model of learning all the time, it starts to become a forced march that is not enjoyable.
I was inspired a few weeks ago to get a Goodreads account for my son, Alex, who recently turned 12.
It’s turning out to be a wonderful resource for our homeschooling adventures.
He doesn’t have email, he doesn’t Facebook. In fact, the only time he uses the computer is for schooling purposes.
Goodreads is no different. The benefits of it have been:
He’s able to document every book he reads, and he’ll hopefully have that forever.
He can rate each book (fun!) including all the books I’ve read to him as a child.
He can type summaries about his books (and he naturally wants to do only his best work because his “friends” on Goodreads will see his writing).
He is practicing his typing (my kids are never allowed to type unless their fingers are on the home row).
Goodreads offers suggestions for other books based on the ratings you have given so far, so we go to the library with lists of options.
He is so inspired by seeing all the fun books available, and he can’t wait to read them.
He can connect with “friends” on Goodreads to see what they’re reading, what they’ve rated, and to discuss books.
Alex is currently looking for other youth who have a Goodreads account to be “friends” with. Please message me if you know of someone.
What internet resources for homeschooling youth have made you happy?
Karina Palmer grew up in California public school, became a court reporter and owned her own agency for ten years, then became a homeschooling mother. Her children range from age twelve to age two. She’s been homeschooling for seven years. She and her husband Stephen raise their children in Round Rock, Texas. Be sure to check out her thought-provoking blog called Palmer Journeys.
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I used to freak out every time one of our books got ripped or a page got torn by my kids. I freaked out a lot.
Finally I realized that it was inevitable, and instead of keeping books away from my kids (or watching them every second) I would just resign myself to doing repairs every so often. I’ve decided that it is the price I’m willing to pay to instill in my children a love of books at an early age. Read more…
This is just a fun post to tell you about the things we learned this Christmas and some things we will be doing differently next year.
I saw an idea on Pinterest that I loved. It was to make a gingerbread nativity. I always balk at making gingerbread, because it takes so long and doesn’t turn out well most the time for me. I don’t use white sugar, so this may be why. I also don’t like to buy the unhealthy kits, because my kids always end up eating half of it before it gets discarded.
So when Bountiful Baskets offered gingerbread house kits without preservatives and hydrogenated fat, I immediately ordered some. We got creative and made this.
A couple months ago, when the kids were complaining about some trivial things, my husband, Mike got out a huge piece of paper and announced we were going to make a gratitude list. We sat around as a family and thought of over a hundred things for which we are grateful. Then we posted it on the wall for awhile.
We’ve found that we need to remind our children often of all we have, especially when they start using a more demanding tone and expecting to get things they want without working for them. We adults can fall into this trap as well, so it’s good for us all to remind each other that we have so many blessings.
One of the best ways to do this is through service. We’ve taken our kids to South America to help them understand what they have and the value of serving those less fortunate. But you don’t have to go to a third world country to accomplish this. Experience in service can be just as powerful when it’s close to home. I try to keep my eyes open for opportunities to help people and involve my children.
Here’s a video of my boys singing a beautiful song about sharing, that almost made me cry when I heard them sing it at their school. And below you can see the items we put on our list of 100 blessings.
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I attended one of Diann’s seminars 7 years ago when we were home-school newbies and loved it! She had so many great ideas and information. She helped me organize our family work system and other learning systems in our home. Read more…
I was baking bread one day when I heard a commotion coming from downstairs. The children then came to tell me what was happening because they didn’t know where their friend was and had grown concerned. I discovered that one of our darling little friends had broken a toy.
Online options and tuition-free opportunities for middle and high school age kids are exploding! Our (almost) 13 and 15 year-olds are thrilled to be getting their own net books (for free!) and doing some or most of their core schooling online. This is made possible for us through 2 different schools, My-Tech High and Williamsburg Academy.
A man I really admire named Jeffrey Holland said, “…the only real control in life is self control.”
I couldn’t agree more. You can control the settings on your computer, and control the television choices that come into your home. You can control all the things on your Family Standard and you can control what your family eats for dinner, but you can’t control another person. No matter how hard you try and how much power you try to look like you have, the only person you can control is yourself.
I am not a doctor (that would be my husband). Any advice or recommendations you find on this site should not be construed as medical advice. I do not claim to be able to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease (you can do that yourself). If you choose to follow my example, you will be taking responsibility for your own health and wellness.