PRINCIPLES

TEACH YE DILIGENTLY

Despite what you may believe, you are meant to be your child’s teacher. However, teaching does not come naturally to most of us. Teaching is an art that must be learned. Not only is it an art, but considered “the finest of the fine arts.” (Boyd K Packer, Teach Ye Diligently). Like other fine arts, you must understand fundamental  principles to establish the right mindset, then learn how to apply basic methods. As you become more experienced you will intuitively know how and when to apply the methods to various situations. The purpose of this course is to teach you how to teach your individual children and make a curriculum work for you.

The material for this course is based on three things: Charlotte Mason’s methods, Teaching in the Savior’s Way, and current research. If you are unfamiliar with Charlotte Mason, please read this article before starting.

The Lord has told us to “seek learning by study and also by faith” (D&C 88:118). This “course” provides the materials for you to study, but for it to be effective you must be diligent; teaching takes time and effort. To get the most out of this course, I recommend doing the sections sequentially; each principle and tool builds upon each other. Dedicate a certain amount of time each day to ponder and study the principles taught.  Keep a journal or notebook nearby to narrate what you learn or record promptings you may receive. Each section will include the following tasks to deepen your understanding of the principle or method: 

Study

Each section contains a list of reading materials we believe are essential for all parents to read. The study suggestions for each section include books, articles and podcasts.  It is not meant to be taken in all at once–read what your mind and heart can handle for now, then come later when you’re ready for more.

Ponder

These are questions meant for you to ponder deeply and answer in a notebook. Some questions cause you to ponder why you believe what you believe about education and parenting. Some will make you evaluate which principles you need to work on and changes  you may need to make in yourself and in your home.

Apply

Each section will include an assignment to get you started educating at home. It may be writing a family mission statement or starting a Family Gather routine. If done sequentially, these assignments will get your home school started from ground zero to teaching “the feast” Charlotte Mason recommends.

PRINCIPLES

HOME-CENTERED EDUCATION

"Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, and a life."

CHILDREN ARE BORN PERSONS

“If we have not proved that a child is born a person with a mind as complete and beautiful as his little body, we can at least show that he always has all the mind he requires for these occasions;"

LOVE + AUTHORITY

“The principles of authority on the one hand, and of obedience on the other, are natural, necessary, and fundamental;

AGENCY

"...teaching, talk, and tale, however lucid or fascinating, affect nothing until self-activity be set up; that is, self-education is the only possible education; the rest is mere veneer laid on the surface of a child’s nature.”

THE TEACHER'S ROLE

"We allow no separation to grow up between the intellectual and 'spiritual' life of children, but teach them that the Divine Spirit has constant access to their spirits, and is their Continual Helper in all the interests, duties and joys of life.”

ATMOSPHERE

"When we say that "education is an atmosphere," we do not mean that a child should be isolated in what may be called a 'child-environment' especially adapted and prepared, but that we should take into account the educational value of his natural home atmosphere"

DISCIPLINE

“By ‘education is a discipline,’ we mean the discipline of habits, formed definitely and thoughtfully, whether habits of mind or body.”

LIFE

“In saying that “education is a life,” the need of intellectual and moral as well as of physical sustenance is implied. The mind feeds on ideas, and therefore children should have a generous curriculum.”

METHODS

BOOKS + THINGS

"Children are most fitly educated on books and things."

NARRATION

"A narration should be original as it comes from the child- that is, his own mind should have acted on the matter it has received."

QUESTIONS

“It is easier to judge the mind of a man by his questions rather than his answers.”

APPLICATION

“Joy in learning, however, must mature to joy in doing, or it will be short-lived."