I decided to start this blog to keep track of our favorite lessons as we begin our homeschool adventure. I am mom to three children, ages 16, 12, and 8. We have been blissfully going along at a charter school for the past 5 years. We had some great teachers, but unfortunately, our charter school had a major shake down this past year and things did not end as we would have liked. (I think the saying goes, “Ignorance is bliss.”) This set things in motion which ultimately led to the decision to homeschool.
So I dove head first into learning all I could about homeschooling, curriculum planning, and the general state of education in America. Wow – what an eye opener! As I attempted to gear our program toward my children’s interests and learning styles, I was intrigued by the idea of using a creative arts-based program to enhance learning.
This quote by Patrick Carmack in “Classical vs. Modern Education” really struck a chord, “Education did not mean for Socrates the cultivation of the intellect alone to the neglect of all else but since man is attracted to the good first by what is beautiful, education must first begin with the senses, proceed on to the memory, imagination, intuition and intellect, spurred on to all by love.”
In that once sentence I found my mission and the foundation for how I would pursue it.
I chose Leornian Creative School as I like the idea of both learning and teaching simultaneously. We hope to both learn from and teach each other on our journey.
Oh, and in case you are wondering, in our logo – it’s a combination of our mascots. I wanted a lion, E wanted a horse, and K wanted a penguin. Can you see all three?