One of the glorious byproducts of homeschooling is self-education.
Much of my self-education has been done through reading.
(My husband gave me this shirt for Christmas - my family gets it now that mom needs time to READ!)
Homeschool moms should read often, widely, aloud - you get the point! Carve out that time for yourself.
Through reading we deepen our knowledge, empathy, and understanding of the world.
We model for our children how to settle down and enjoy a good story. We model a hunger for knowledge. We model discipline, curiosity, and self-care.
January is typically a wonderful reading month. The weather is cold and the calendar isn’t as hectic.
I will update you on my reading, my son’s reading with me, and professional development reading. (My kids’ reading will be saved for another post!)
Here’s an update on reading accomplishments for January.
Books for Pleasure for Mom
I always read two books each month for book clubs. One is an in-person book club, and the other is the Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club.
I enjoyed most of these (and you can see more about them on my Homegrown Book Picks Instagram account). The Time Traveler’s Wife wasn’t for me - I know a lot of people enjoyed it, but it didn’t resonate with me.
The other three books - Harry’s Trees, The Lake House, and Where the Crawdads Sing - get a hearty recommendation from me!
Read-Alouds for Homeschool
We learned quite a bit from Jefferson’s Sons. It brought up many interesting points for discussion between my 8th grader and me. Can a person still be a GOOD person and own slaves? What was Thomas Jefferson’s motivation behind owning slaves? Did Thomas Jefferson do what was right in the eyes of God? Much to be discussed!
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was a short story for Grant’s Challenge B curriculum. The complexity of the language, along with an extremely interesting premise (aging backwards) also lent itself to a lot of discussion!
Professional Development for Homeschool Moms
It is important for us to understand WHY we homeschool, and what our philosophy of homeschooling and education truly is. Mine has evolved and deepened over time.
Beauty in the Word has been on my shelf for at least two years. It is a deep book, and it has taken a couple of readings to let everything soak in.
I HIGHLY recommend you read this book if you are classically educating your children and, contrary to what a lot of people think, this isn’t just for Catholic educators.
I am leading a book club on this book and EVERYONE is invited! We begin this Thursday, January 31 @ 8 p.m. ET and continue for the next 7 Thursday evenings (excluding February 14).