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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Best book ever…for homeschooling

Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum

by Laura Berquist

Don’t let the title fool you – you  are not on your own designing anything, but you are given the knowledge and means to do so.  This guide to home education takes you by the hand and gives you the recommendations at every grade level to employ in your home school.  This is the one that started it all in regard to giving your children a quality classical liberal arts education in your home.  A very doable flexible one within a large family setting.  It is not rigid and rigorous to a fault….it is rigor in the right balance at  the right time of learning.  But don’t take my word for it – look into the book yourself.  Or the homeschool provider affiliated with the book: Mother of Divine Grace.  BUT, the book is a great place to start…

I’m still always surprised that others don’t include this book in their line up of homeschooling choices.  It has been my best and all time favorite home education guide for the last 16 yrs of home schooling.  I have read them all. This one makes SO MUCH sense, not only to those doing Catholic education in their homes, but to any Christian or secular homeschooler.  Giving your students the ability to be active learners, not passive learners being spoon fed their information; but rather, giving them the formation and tools to be able to continue to learn and think logically their whole lives of learning: that is real education. In the end, real education is ordered to the theology and philosophy that points one to the Almighty, God. If education does not turn one’s self toward God, it turns one’s self elsewhere, the secular world, a godless place indeed.

2 comments:

Megan@TrueDaughter said...

I just recommended this to a friend the other day! Everytime someone asks me where to start, this is what I tell them!

Home School Mom: Denise said...

A thousand thank yous -- I mean really, this is THE best place to start, so streamlined, clear and simple to understand. Hands down. So glad you are recommending it!