A Little Homemaking Encouragement

What My Kids Read: Homemaking Encouragement

I came across this blog post on Desiring Virtue, and it encouraged me so much! I wrote out quotes from that post, and put them up in my kitchen to remind myself that the way we keep our homes is the way we reflect the heart of God. Writing about Keeping House this week reminded me of it, and I had to share it with you. It is so easy to get bogged down in the daily household tasks and forget that there is a bigger reason why we keep our homes! Take a minute to check it out here: 3 Ways to Find Wisdom in Caring for Your Home. Hope this encourages you as much as it encouraged me!

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Parenting Links to Browse

What My Kids Read

I came across several great links this week, and I thought you might enjoy browsing them this weekend.

8 Power Struggles Parents Should Let Go (and why): I thought what she said about reading was spot-on.

I think this is a great way to encourage reading, whether you homeschool or not: Homeschooling with Netflix {Literature Turned Movie}

Looking for ways to make sure your child is understanding and remembering what they have read? Again, this is a resource for homeschoolers, but it might be nice to tuck away for next summer’s reading. Great Peace Academy graciously shared free printables for a Guided Book Report and and Guided Poetry Report.

And, finally, if you didn’t see my post on Facebook, the Wall Street Journal’s website had a great article this week about why we should be reading to our children: How Books Can Teach Your Children To Care.

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The Kindling Of A Flame

Socrates said “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” This is a concept that I have been talking about with several people over the past few weeks, discussing why we homeschool, and what we hope to accomplish in educating our kids. Then, I found this free printable of Socrates’ quote on Cottage Thoughts a week ago. I just love it, and had to share!

It sums up so perfectly our philosophy of education, and why we are even blogging at What My Kids Read – because we want to kindle a flame in our kids to love learning through reading.

Cottage Thoughts Free PrintableClick on the image (or this link to Cottage Thoughts) to print out this perfect quote!

This week on Facebook, a friend posted a magazine article from The Old Schoolhouse that addresses this point as well. It’s called “Freedom From the Law of the Booklist” by Missy Andrews. In the article, she challenges the idea of the perfect list of book for an educated child. She writes that, after reading Richard Mitchell’s The Gift of Fire, she realized:

“Education is not a booklist! Education, from the Latin root educere, “to lead out,” is the process by which a mind is led out of the narrow confines of itself. In the process, the student sees himself, knows himself, and comes to terms with his creaturehood. Obviously, by this definition education is a lifelong process, and yet that initial awakening and knowing can happen with only one book.”

If you’re interested, you can read whole article here. I am now hoping to read Mitchell’s The Gift of Fire myself (affiliate link), and I’ll definitely share my thoughts with you once I finish it!

What are your thoughts about education? Do you agree with the article? How does your family choose to educate your children?

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