I began reading all the parenting books I could in an attempt to gain the skills I needed to manage the behaviors of our youngest daughter who suffers...more
I began reading all the parenting books I could in an attempt to gain the skills I needed to manage the behaviors of our youngest daughter who suffers from ADHD, Impulsive and Anxiety Disorder. My brother recommended I read A Thomas Jefferson Education, insisting that it was the source from where he gathered his knowledge of how to properly care for his family and prepare them for these Latter Days. I bought it that day. Read it. Wept.
Though it is a book about education, I found it more to be an inspiration and guide for my role as a parent in preparing my children to reach their greatness. And although it is not a book specifically proclaiming that homeschooling your children is the only right way to achieve that greatness, I could not put it down without concluding for myself that homeschooling was the answer.
Within a week Taytum was pulled from the public school system and was home with me. This was a new concept for my habitual self, since I had previously ached for the sound of the school bus brakes in the morning as the Pavlov dog salivates to his bell. But the testimony from the truths I had read was strong enough for me to overcome my previous self-centered routine.
The first day we began homeschooling, we sat at the dining room table contemplating the day and what to do for "school." Taytum was impossible to focus. I began to dread my decision and clasped my head in my hands and prayed. While I was praying, Taytum asked me what I was doing. I told her. She said to me, "I didn't know you could pray without using your voice!" A beautiful conversation ensued. I explained to her about praying in your heart, and being able to always talk to your Heavenly Father whenever you have a question or problem and He will hear you. Listening to me intently, she then rested her head in her hands and began to quietly move her lips. She suddenly blurted out with wide-eyed excitement "It really works!" Our first day of home-school was a success.
The following days were also successes, as one by one great awarenesses began to spurt from her tiny self and heal her repressed spirit. One morning as she helped me mop the Kitchen floor, she looked up at me with pure joy in her face and said "Mom, I am so happy to be alive! I get to be with you every day!" A far cry from the previous year when she tormented us with thoughts of wanting to die and feeling like she was so stupid she should just "jump into a bunch of hot lava and kill herself." Another day she exclaimed as she was happily helping me around the house, "Mom, me heart is telling me that I am choosing the right! I am so happy!" Success! Pack up the textbooks, no need for them here.
As with any pilgrimage, there are difficult paths to travel. Days filled with weariness and question. But what gets you to the end is endurance of faith. So it is with our journey. The days we are broken down and immovable we look forward and find a gentle strength that pushes us from behind. The days our fires are stomped out and we sit blindly in the cold with the shiver of regret, we press together and warm ourselves with other's lights. As each day passes we see where we have come. We continue on, one foot ahead of the other and enjoy the things we see on the way.
Quite the book review! How can you not read it now?! I know what you are thinking, "But if I read it then I will know it is true and I'll have to do something about it." So be it.(less)
I had the opportunity to attend the seminar which accompanied the release of this new book. I could relay to you all the things I realized, but it wou...moreI had the opportunity to attend the seminar which accompanied the release of this new book. I could relay to you all the things I realized, but it would fill a whole notebook. So, I will cheat and use this review that says it better than I could: “At a time when the American educational system is in crisis and the family is under attack, the tried-and-true principles handed down through the ages—herein called Thomas Jefferson Education—are fostering the revival of a culture of leadership and liberty. As a result, the family is being restored to its rightful place as the basic unit of a prosperous and free society; and the prospects for American education are looking brighter than ever. Regardless of where your children sit to learn, your home can be transformed into a Leadership Education home, a Thomas Jefferson Model environment. A discussion of the implementation of the principles of Thomas Jefferson Education in the home, particularly a microscopic view of the family culture of leadership and learning, is sorely wanting for a generation of parents and mentors who knew far more of the Conveyer Belt than of Leadership Education. These incredibly helpful articles read, at times, like a letter from a friend, at times like an entry in a journal of Education or Child Development, and even, at times, like we’re overhearing a conversation—but in every case it is relevant, accessible, and empowering. This volume offers something new, something which we all need, a view of the Thomas Jefferson Education system from many angles and from education of toddlers to advanced adult learning. Whether you’re a parent, teacher, legislator or professor, this book is a must.” Vicki Jo Anderson This book is a must read, even if you are not a homeschooling parent! I also highly recommend getting your hands on the other articles published by George Wythe College as aids in implementing Leadership Education in your family. Thomas Jefferson Education In Our Home Core and Love of Learning: A Recipe For Success Transition to Scholar Phase Scholar Phase(less)
Any parent who does nature study with their children will be completely inspired by this book. It is a nature diary with exquisite drawings and observ...moreAny parent who does nature study with their children will be completely inspired by this book. It is a nature diary with exquisite drawings and observations. What delights are waiting to be found in nature? Find them in here!(less)