For a few years we homeschooled our children, but my interest in education began long before when we were thinking about the values we wanted to instil in our children from the outset and all the different aspects that that entails as we navigate parenthood. Our three children now attend school and love it. Their hunger for learning and delighting in the feast laid out before them continues.
Books on Education
Here are some that I have personally found helpful or inspiring:
Talks / Articles
TED Talk: Sir Ken Robinson ‘Do Schools Kill Creativity?’
The Lost Tools of Learning by Dorothy Sayers (Essay presented in Oxford, 1947)
Raising Little Shoots Exploring Nature with Children is a year round nature curriculum, including art, music and poetry. We have adored this and learnt so much from it. We still dip in and out of this even though my children attend school.
Storyformed Blog and podcast on the importance of stories. Literature recommendations
Read Aloud Revival with Sarah MacKenzie Focuses on reading aloud to our children, and gives loads of great recommendations of children’s books from toddlers all the way up.
Keystone Tutors A wide range of UK based reading lists for Years 4-8 approximately
Simply Charlotte Mason U.S. based curriculum but pdf downloads available
The Well Trained Mind Curriculum and articles on classical education. Pdfs available. We love their ‘The Story of the World‘ chronological history curriculum by Susan Wise Bauer.
Sonlight Curriculum All subjects and ages available. Great reading lists.
Ambleside Online A free homeschool curriculum using Charlotte Mason principals. Invaluable and thorough reading lists for each year.
Conquest Books and Ichthus Resources Home Education Resources, U.K. Both these online bookshops do a wonderful job of making material from the U.S. available to the U.K. homeschool community.
SQUILT Music Appreciation This is an open-and-go music appreciation curriculum, which I love. Have a browse.
Online forums for homeschoolers to pick each others’ brains. I find these invaluable.
Charlotte Mason Conversations UK