Ms. Duffy writes comprehensively about all the factors involved in choosing the right curriculum for your teaching style, your kids' learning styles, and your personal education philosophy. The first five chapters present a comprehensive guide to discovering your goals, philosophy, and preferred methods of instruction. The remainder of the book presents her top picks for curriculum in each of the traditional teaching disciplines, as well as curriculum suited for foreign language instruction, electives, unit studies, and all-in-one programs.
Today I came across the notes I took while reading the book. Right on top is my list of priorities, which not only provides governance for every day with my kids but also serves as a peek-a-boo window into the heart of my teaching philosophy. In the past I have been very reluctant to share my philosophy on home education. Unfortunately, many key people in my life are not thrilled with our decision to home school, so I have tried somewhat successfully to fly below the radar when it come to my methods.
However, recently I have been encouraged to write about it by friends who have been inspired and encouraged by my unique perspective on children, parenting, and homeschooling. So, here I offer a first glimpse into my heart as a home educator with my list of priorities:
What I Want My Children to Learn
- To love and trust God and love and trust others (via the Culture of Honor)
- To hear the God's voice
- To harness and share their unique gifts, talents, calls, and life messages
- To dream with hope and confidence
- To imagine, create, and execute their dreams/ideas
- To communicate effectively with others (social skills at work and play)
- To work hard, build wealth, and enjoy life to the fullest
- To persevere
- To love reading and writing
- To master win-win negotiation skills
- To love movement and to fully express themselves physically
- To appreciate and love the natural world and the way in which it all works
- To cultivate curiosity and wonder
- To leave a legacy
What about you? What are your goals for your children?