After going through the work pages in “102 Top Picks for Homeschooling” by Cathy Duffey we determined that we fall into Charlotte Mason style goals for our family. Charlotte Mason used “living books” to teach her students around the turn of the century. Since our daughter is 4 she is under the age that Charlotte would have started formal lessons (age 6. Remember kindergarten from OUR childhood?).
“In this time of extraordinary pressure, educational and social, perhaps a mother’s first duty to her children is to secure for them a quiet growing time, a full six years of passive receptive life, the waking part of it spent for the most part out in the fresh air” (Vol. 1, p. 43).
(Seems to ring true for today still doesn’t it? With the ever increasing government pressures on young children. )
We plan to use the free, but very rigorous curriculum through Ambleside Online to teach our children. Taking departure in the sciences and math, as having those concrete and more textbook based is important to my husband.
Our daughter is asking for school and I can’t deny her eagerness to learn, but don’t want to snuff it either like many kids (myself included for awhile) have at an early age. I found the wonderful curriculum at Wee Folk Art that appeals to my daughter’s artistic nature, but also isn’t too far of a stretch from Ms. Mason as nature, picture, and living book study are the basis. These, with “habit training”, are what we are going to be doing this year. I look forward to recording it here for myself, but also others who may be using the curriculum or interested in using it.