- Remember the importance of learning poetically. Do not leave out music, dance, and direct experiences, or regard them as nice but irrelevant.
- Look at all the things the girls do poetically, value them and write about them. Snap out of the thought that the 'traditional view' of what constitutes knowledge is the right or most important one. ORAL learning is not only valid, but necessary at a young age much more than any worksheet.
- Remember to be an example and look at me first for ways to find how to inspire love and obedience.
- Think about less books but just a few excellent ones. Do not fret if some are left out.
- Stop looking at the booky part of Ambleside, and pay attention to the Charlotte Mason principles on which those amazing books listed there rest upon.
- Put those principles first, before just the books. And they are: study the Scriptures, memory work, memorizing and reciting poetry, outdoors time, nature walks and study, art and music appreciation, dance, singing (hymns and folk songs), poetic learning of languages, craft work (we started going to knitting classes and we love them!), gardening, cooking together... Oh, everything that can't be bought in a box, or can't be copied exactly from another person, that can't be planned or programmed with exactitude. Sigh.
- Remember the books are to incite ideas, to read slowly, to have indirect experiences but experiences nonetheless, not just to be able to dispute, show off, and mark down as read.
- Yes, we'll keep some things such as math, reading practice, and the books read aloud, but I will remember that those without these other principles are void, that no homeschooling or real learning can be conducted with those at the core, but that it's those other principles which give context, provide the experiences, and ultimately sustain the 'traditional' learning of the so called three R's.
- Even on the three R's, do not see the girls as ahead or behind, but respect their pace. Find that balance between not giving up in something hard, not pushing, but not just being careless about what they learn. Again, that LOVE for learning, and care for what's been learned, and how to inspire it and live it myself.
- Refrain from rushing things, and from looking at it with modern eyes. Stop trying to advance knowledge, but try to *gulp* give the actual experience of our culture and civilization.
- Last but most important. Live, model and inspire a sincere christian life to the girls and others around me.
From the book club and other books I've been reading lately, these are a few of the conclusions and things I am trying to accomplish and incorporate in our life and homeschool.