C.P.: I am wanting very much to teach my five year old and 2 year old at home and feel lost:) I was never taught to teach and so where should I start? I haven’t trained my mind well enough to come up with my own teachings each day.
What resources do you have to assist me in inspiring them each day during our “School time?” I have read TJEd, but it’s been a while, and I haven’t read any of your other books.
I would re-read A Thomas Jefferson Education, including the Appendices (which tell you how to get started) and then read Leadership Education: The Phases of Learning. It’s really great for young families.
And while you’re working on getting the vision yourself, just know that you have P-L-E-N-T-Y of time. There’s no tiger chasing you. Relax and enjoy.
Spend time each day just being a great mommy — reading with them, doing little projects together, teaching them how to sweep or beat eggs or wipe up the table.
Set some goals for your own education, based on your own gifts or interests, like practicing an instrument, memorizing poetry, doing hobbies or sports, etc. Having goals for self-improvement will establish the culture of education that you want to both personify and inspire in them.
But let me again urge you to read TJEd and apply the suggestions in the TJEd appendix and Leadership Education, making notes as you read in the endpages or margins on things that are meaningful for you, inspiring or empowering to you, or help you detect “stinking thinking” (mental habits that sabotage your success).
It’s not super complicated. You just have to be mindful and deliberate in your choices about what type of things belong in your home and schedule. The Conveyor Belt has a magnetic pull, but the further away you get the less it will seem to exert a force on you.
I hope this helps!