When I think of school, I think of books. And in our home there are a lot of books.
In general, our family subscribes to the Charlotte Mason philosophy and method of education. Charlotte Mason taught that one of the best ways to educate a child was to feed their mind on a variety of ideas through living books. In the preface to Volume 6 of The Original Home Schooling Series you will find her 20 principles of education which include the following.
9. We hold that the child’s mind is no mere sac to hold ideas; but is rather, if the figure may be allowed, a spiritual organism, with an appetite for all knowledge. This is its proper diet, with which it is prepared to deal; and which it can digest and assimilate as the body does foodstuffs.
11. But we, believing that the normal child has powers of mind which fit him to deal with all knowledge proper to him, give him a full and generous curriculum; taking care only that all knowledge offered him is vital, that is, that facts are not presented without their informing ideas. Out of this conception comes our principle that,––
12. “Education is the Science of Relations”; that is, that a child has natural relations with a vast number of things and thoughts: so we train him upon physical exercises, nature lore, handicrafts, science and art, and upon many living books, for we know that our business is not to teach him all about anything, but to help him to make valid as many as may be of––
“Those first-born affinities
“That fit our new existence to existing things.”
What’s the first thing you think of when you think about school? Even if you don’t home school, what is in your home that reminds you of school?