How we teach matters.
The best curriculum in the world will only be as effective as the teacher. A curriculum is a reference and a guide, but a good teacher teaches people, not lessons. Our main goal at Simple Wonders is to teach you the why, what and how of timeless, evidence-based teaching methods exemplified by Jesus Christ and expanded by Charlotte Mason.
Learning does not need to be expensive or complicated.
“By small and simple things are great things brought to pass.” (Alma 37:6) Real, meaningful learning does not not require expensive equipment, worksheets, multiple choice tests, or complicated activities. More is not always better; children learn better when lessons are short and activities are simple. Great things will happen when your children have more free time to develop their imagination and discover truth on their own.
Knowledge comes line-upon-line.
Children’s minds and hearts develop in stages, and if you want to effectively teach them you need to understand and work with those stages. Before your children can write well they need to speak well. Before you child can comprehend abstract math concepts, they need to be introduced to the concept through concrete objects. Before you child will remember facts their heart must be stirred by getting to know the stories of real people. You will find curriculum guides in the “Downloads” section of this site that will guide you through the development of each stage in your child’s education.
WHERE DO I START?
FIRST, start with the basics.
Teach Ye Diligently series of articles designed as a course to teach you the basics of education and child development. Each section will give you a summary of a teaching principle along with additional study material and assignments. By the end of the course you will have a solid understanding of basic teaching principles along with the time-tested methods for daily lessons.
SECOND, understand subjects.
Once you have an understanding of basic principles it’s time to learn the why, what and how of teaching individual subjects. Each subject is broken down into why the subject is important, what should be taught (AKA “scope and sequence”), and how to use the “Simple Lesson Formula” to teach daily lessons. Implement one subject at a time, starting with Family Gather, and moving on to individual subjects.
THIRD, plan your curriculum.
Finally, it’s time to apply your knowledge and develop an educational plan for your family. In our curriculum guides you will find everything you’ll need to start teaching each age group. Each guide includes: scope + sequence, book and supply lists, printable notebooks, and schedules. These guides are meant to guide you through the process of creating a curriculum that will best fit your individual children’s needs.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who was Charlotte Mason?
Charlotte Mason (1842-1923) was an English educator who founded a successful school and educational movement during the turn of the century. This movement is rapidly gaining momentum today. What makes her different than many other educators is that she based her theories and methods on her observations, and not the other way around. She believed that parents are endowed by God to be the teachers of their children, and that they have immense responsibility and potential. She believed that all children are capable of learning difficult material, no matter the race, gender, or socioeconomic status. She also believed in a wide and liberal curriculum for all children. She has been recognized by many (including the historian, David McCullough) as one of the greatest educators of our time. She truly understood children and our Savior, Jesus Christ. You can read a summary of her philosophy and methods by clicking on the link below.
Who are the women creating this resource?
The Teach Ye Diligently series, resources, and posts are a collaborative effort by women who have one common belief: mothers are the best teachers for their children. Many of us have degrees in teaching and child development; all of us have experience teaching our children at home.
Are you interested in contributing? There are so many ways, both big and small, that people can help; from graphic design to typing up public domain books. You can read more about the women contributing to this site, by clicking the link below. If you would like to contribute, please fill out THIS FORM and we will contact you.
How Do I Stay in Touch?
What is the Restored Church of Jesus Christ?
You can read all about this church, Jesus Christ, and our beliefs here.
Why are the downloads “name your price?”
Unfortunately, the website costs money to maintain; there are yearly fees required to host the site. In order to pay these maintenance fees, the materials are available as “name your own price” so families can pay what they can afford and at the same time it will not make this site a financial burden for Jessica’s family.
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