I like train whistles, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, duets with my daughter, long walks with my son and sheltie, and dancing with my husband in the moonlight.
Hi, friend! I’m homeschooling mom and author, Diane Lockman. I grew up in southeastern Tennessee, home of the Chattanooga Choo-Choo. When I was a little girl, my grandparents lived across the street from a train track, and I still remember the way that old house shook at night when the train rolled by.
Sometimes it woke me up, but most of the time, the sound of the whistle and shuddering train were comforting. We used to put pennies on the tracks right before a train came by, then giggle with delight when we retrieved our smushed copper.
Daddy Bo and Mamaw told us stories of hobos who would hop on empty container cars and ride their way to new beginnings. My late childhood had serious challenges, and I often dreamed of hitching a ride to a new adventure.
Have you ever felt the deep yearning for a new start?
I believe that your fortunate birth in this free country gives you the right to self-determination, especially in homeschooling choices. There are so many options. Which way will you go?
An authentic k-8 classical education is a journey down three roads: (1) the Reading Road, (2) the Thinking Road, and (3) the Speaking Road.
You don’t hop on three different trains, one after the other; you catch a ride on a single train called the classical trivium, and you follow the interlaced 3-skill gauntlet track to your destination.
The classical trivium is a philosophy of education that says we can work on all three fundamental skills at the same time.
While you teach your homeschool child how to read, he is also learning how to think. While he’s learning how to think, you ask him to tell you what he’s thinking which shows that he’s learning to speak. And of course, once his fine motor skills are refined, he’s learning how to write before he gives speeches. But unlike that railroad hobo who doesn’t have a clue where the train is going, you can know your exact final destination when you teach skills instead of subjects in the k-8 years. Your final stop before high school is trivium mastery; that is, substantial mastery of the reading comprehension, critical thinking, narrative writing, and persuasive speaking skills.
The real beauty of an authentic classical education trip is FREEDOM.
When you teach skills instead of subjects in the k-8 homeschool years, you can decide exactly how to best teach those skills to your unique child. You have the freedom to choose content, and you have the freedom to choose delivery methods. I’ve spent almost two decades experimenting with the freedom of an authentic classical education, and I know that it is superior to the common cookie-cutter curriculum. My kids are grown, and testify to the amazing potential and satisfaction of an authentic education. Teaching skills instead subjects in grades k-8 is liberating; both you and your kids will thrive when you give yourself permission to let go of other people’s expectations.
· No more burnout from over-scheduling
· No more frustration with unrealistic plans
· No more boredom with irrelevant subjects
I know your heart for your children. I know you would do anything for them. I know you want to give them your very best.
Let me show you how simple and relaxed an authentic classical education can be.
When you discover the freedom of spontaneous, responsive learning, you’ll never enslave yourself or your kids to traditional homeschooling again. You’ll find new energy, new enthusiasm, and new purpose as you bring your kids to trivium mastery. I’m committed to seeing God’s Kingdom come every day in my life, and in the lives of the people I love, including YOU and your family. Your homeschooling freedom is just a whistle-stop away.
Will you leave the old restrictions behind, and start the k-8 journey today?
May your day be rich with a sense of FREEDOM and lots of LOVE! You can learn more about classical homeschooling author Diane Lockman’s story at her other online homeschool sites: The Classical Scholar, Classical High School Courses, and Mom’s Course.