Last week I attended the Classical Conversations Practicum here in Houston and was immensely blessed. Thanks to some amazing friends who stayed with my three boys (and their own children) I was able to benefit from all the conference had to offer. It was a blessing to see friends from our past campus, current campus and to meet new friends as well.
I thought I would share a little bit of what I learned there.
"Children are souls to be nurtured, not a product to be measured" was the overall theme to much of what we learned about. That as home schoolers, we are to consider the nature of children as we teach them the art of learning. Proverbs 22:15 says "foolishness is bound up in the heart of the child". As such, we must be educating to their nature. So are you home schooling in freedom or fear? Psalm 78:72 uses David the shepherd as an example for us "with integrity of heart, with skillful hands he led them". That is the goal. Also, we teach so that our children will "use knowledge and understanding to discern beauty, goodness and truth". Dorothy Sayers believes in a modern education, "they learn everything except the art of learning". So we must strive that they see the relevance in everything. And everything points back to God. We must contemplate the nature, purpose and propriety of everything.
All this and more was incredibly helpful to encourage me for another full year of educating my children. Lastly, Andrew Kern said "Why are we wasting our time with knowledge and power when we could have wisdom and virtue?".