Philosophy

Wildflowers, Sante Fe, NM, Allia

At Homeschool Happymess we desire to instill, in our children, a love of beauty and a sense of wonder in the world.  Natural curiosity is the gift of childhood.  We are in the enviable position to guide our children in their quest to unravel the mysteries of our world.  We help our children to grow spiritually and teach them to value the world and its natural diversity.

As parents and educators it is also our responsibility to foster our children’s intellectual growth.  Intellectual capacity and compassion must be thoughtfully developed and nurtured. That is the job that we have given ourselves, and yes, we are up to the challenge.

 The Method to our Madness

At Homeschool Happymess we have found that success can be achieved through combining three distinct approaches to academic development.  We  focus on specific, quantifiable skills, develop abstract thinking and participate in hands-on activities.  Literature, art and personal experience are also incorporated to develop a love and appreciation for nature and humanity. Through an appreciation of knowledge, education begins to belong to the student, not just the teacher.

The Past is Forever Present

School of Athens by Raphael

One of the beautiful things about education is that there are SO many teachers available when you homeschool.  Who are all these teachers?  We learn from the brilliant philosophers, scientists and historians of the past, of course.

In our classroom we learn from Confucius, Homer, Herodotus, Plato, Aristotle, Leonardo da Vinci, Darwin, and Winston Churchill.  We learn from Mao Tse Tung and from Hitler.  These gentlemen, honest or evil, are as present in our classroom as they were in their own societies when they were alive.  We study their writings, philosophies and discoveries. We examine the way in which they changed their own societies and how they are still influencing our world.

Our students are encouraged to see themselves as part of this great anachronistic dialogue.

In this way our homeschool curriculum moves from the mundane to the monumental.

Come join us in our efforts to wake up the sleeping giant:  Education.

2 Responses

  1. What a great philosophy! I’m continuing my education after college by researching using the internet and libraries and intend to learn my entire life! These ideas are helpful to learners of all ages!

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