Tuesday, December 15, 2015

If I could start a one room schoolhouse...

A conversation with a friend this evening has me once again dreaming of starting a school. Or a one room schoolhouse. Or at least a co-op.

I love homeschooling. I love picking out and tweaking curriculum. I love lesson planning and teaching. I (usually) love being with my kids everyday. But I do miss teaching a group of students and the interaction that happens between peers.  Sometimes I wonder if my kids miss out on some of the traditional school things that I experienced. I have (mostly) good memories of my elementary school days. I have (mostly) good memories of teaching elementary school. But I have no desire to return to the regular classroom. The last six and a half years have shown me what I do and do not want for curriuculm and instruction for my children. I know exactly what I would do differently if I could teach a group of students again.

I love the Charlotte Mason method. I love the use of narrating and grand conversations, spreading the feast and short lessons, and I am even learning to love nature study. I feel like every child on earth could benefit from many aspects of Charlotte Mason's educational philosophy.

I have an elementary education degree and a master's degree in educational leadership. The state of Missouri says I could be a principal at a public school, yet I love being a stay-at-home mom. I want to be able to use my education and my passion for teaching, but in a different way. If I had a bigger house I would try out a one-room schoolhouse co-op here in my home, but that isn't possible where I live.

So many dreams and ideas dance in my head, but I don't know if there is a next step to take yet or even what that next step should be. I have a bit of a vision and a lot of questions, but for now I wait.

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