New Life

New Life

It seems to me that life would be much easier if we each had someone to come check on us, and help us along, just at the robin comes and visits her eggs. We would certainly be much warmer if someone would stay near when we are trying to come out of our shells. Perhaps you feel that way as you are learning to homeschool or heading into new challenges within your homeschool. You feel like that tiny bird surrounded by that hard shell made up of curriculum decisions and reasons why you should do certain subjects using certain tools, but you just can’t seem to figure out the how to. Cracking the shell and beginning (or continuing!) to homeschool can be undaunting. However for birds, once the shell is cracked it is interesting that they need not worry about what they are to eat. (Matthew 6:26) The Good Lord also provides food for those who fear Him and He remembers His covenant forever (Psalm 111). In addition to precious physical food, The Lord provides answers to those who call on Him. Many of you know this as you fear The Lord and continue to trust in Him daily for all of your manna. You have learned much through good times and difficult times, and most of all you have seen God true to His word of providing truth and grace for each day.

So many of you already are mother birds, coming back around to those still in the nest, offering a word of encouragment via e-mail, or inviting an acquaintance or two over for tea and letting them ask you all the questions they need answered. Each one of us has someone we have seen post an e-mail asking for help that lives near us who we could encourage. Perhaps you already do that and would have time to ask that person for their mobile phone number so you could check in on them and see how they are doing. God has created each of us for relationship and allowed us to go through circumstances so that we would help others who need our encouragement. In this hyper busy society we need to be so intentional about helping others as they break into the world of homeschooling, and also as they flap their wings and try to fly. Certainly each one of us can prayerfully think of one or two persons that we could reach out to and encourage. Won’t you please join us in giving warmth and nourishment to our nest? Bless you!

Paul writes in Titus 2:3 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4 Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

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Books About Charlotte Mason’s Philosophy of Education

The Original Home Schooling Series in Six Volumes by Charlotte M. Mason

 The Original Home Schooling Series in Modern English by Charlotte M. Mason, translated by L. N. Laurio available at AmblesideOnline.org

 A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning and Pocketful of Pinecones: Nature Study with the Gentle Art of Learning  by Karen Andreola

 A Charlotte Mason Primer: A Simplified Approach to REAL Education, Language Arts…the Easy Way!, and Nature Study…the Easy Way! by Cindy Rushton

 *Educating the WholeHearted Child: A Handbook for Christian Home Education by Clay & Sally Clarkson

 A Charlotte Mason Education: A Home Schooling How-To Manual and More Charlotte Mason Education (includes High School) by Catherine Levison

 Charlotte Mason Study Guide: A Simplified Approach to a “Living” Education by Penny Gardner

 Charlotte Mason: An Introductory Analysis of Her Educational Theories and Practices by J. Carroll Smith, Ph.D., available at:  http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-04202000-10510011

 The Story of Charlotte Mason by Essex Cholmondeley 

*What Your Child Needs to Know When: According to the Bible/According to the State, K – 8 by Robin Sampson

 For the Family’s Sake: The Value of Home in Everyone’s Life by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

 Child-Light Books:

 For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home & School by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

 Books Children Love: A Guide to the Best Children’s Literature by Elizabeth Wilson

 Teaching Children: A Curriculum Guide to What Children Need to Know at Each Level Through Sixth Grade by Diane Lopez

 When Children Love to Learn edited by Elaine Cooper, written by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay, Bobby Scott, Jack Beckman, and Maryellen St. Cyr

 * These titles include information about other philosophies along with Charlotte Mason’s methods.