First, I had to admit that I was clearly wrong. Broken.
Then, I had to admit that my devotional life was clearly lacking.
Today, I have to tell you that I have changed my mind. I thought I was going to be one of those Well-Trained Mind all the way, philosophy laid out, hardcore rigorous academic type homeschoolers.
And I still think The Well-Trained Mind is a fantastic resource. I still think Susan Wise Bauer (and when I had the opportunity to hear her, Jessie Wise) are very smart, very fantastic educators, resources, speakers, and all that jazz.
If nothing else, they got us off to a great start with reading via phonics, controlled screen time, a focus on words and not images. We have used some fantastic resources they have produced and/or recommended.
I just couldn’t do it with three children full time anymore.
I hate being wrong. And I hate changing plans when I thought I had it all laid out. But I see where WTM gives all kinds of tools for the academics and doesn’t have the same goals I have for my children. I want them to choose and act rightly, within the bounds of Christianity, and be capable of fulfilling their vocation as called by God. Which, likely means a so-called STEM career direction. I just happen to believe those STEM folks need a complete, rounded out education too.
I have long been drawn to Charlotte Mason ideas as a Classical Educator. I’ve recommended AmblesideOnline to many friends and used their booklist (like you aren’t supposed to) for years, mixing parts into our Circle Time and free reading. I have told many, many people that if I had been brave we would have done Ambleside from the beginning.
I want to know more. I see how Mason fits within the Classical paradigm. I’ve been reading Consider This by Karen Glass. Slowly. I read all of Cindy’s blog, Ordo Amoris, for years (sniff). Brandy at Afterthoughts and Jeanne at A Peaceful Day and Mystie at Simply Convivial, too. (Yes, I know, Mystie doesn’t completely identify as a Charlotte Mason educator) Many others.
I’ve tried straddling the fence for too long. I’m going to land on the Mason side.
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