So, friend, let's sit down and have a coffee chat, shall we? (Oh, how I wish we really could!)
So, you have a 5-turning-6 year old, and maybe a couple of littler ones running around. You've decided to take the plunge and homeschool. Maybe you even did a little bit of gentle preschool or kindergarten work this past year. You know you don't want to follow a standard textbook curriculum, and are intrigued by the idea of doing something more literature-based. Maybe you Googled, or maybe you talked to a friend or two, and the name Charlotte Mason popped up in the conversation. And your search for a Charlotte Mason style curriculum led you across Ambleside Online's website – and you are one part intrigued and one part part completely overwhelmed.
Is this you? If so, I hope that the musings that I share in this space over the next few weeks might be of help to you. I hope that I might be able to help you feel confident enough to take the plunge and dive in. Ambleside Online has been a rich blessing in our family, and perhaps I can share a little from our experience so that it can be a blessing to yours.
I have been through Ambleside Online's Year One with two of my children, and am fixing to start it with the third (my last – sniff) later this spring. I started out overconfident and frankly, pretty prideful. I figured since I had classroom teaching experience, I knew what I was doing. Turns out I didn't really…but that has been a blessing in disguise. Pursuing a Charlotte Mason education with my children has been an education for me as well. There is a lot I still don't know, but the wonder of it all is that it is never too late to learn and grow as you go along. That's my goal here. Not to speak to you as someone who has it all figured out, but to walk along the path towards a living education with you.
This is the basic plan that I have outlined for this series….but please let me hear from you too! If there is a topic or question that you don't see addressed here or that comes up as we go along, let me know in the comments and I will make an effort to address it.
Getting Started with Ambleside Online Year One Series Index:
Introduction (That's this post J)
Let's learn and grow together, shall we?