Home Education:

Resources for Starting Your Homeschool


This page is dedicated as a resource and guide to parents and students who want to know more about what living education is. Much of the content here has been borrowed from great thinkers, writers, and educators who have lived throughout history.

The collection of these resources is all thanks to a wonderful mother who has taught for nearly thirty years.






1. Living Education: What is Your Aim?


2. Resources for Living Education


3. Starting Living Language Arts

Living Education: What is Your Aim?


Educational philosophy may seem unimportant when you are under pressure to find something for your children to start before they "get behind," but knowing who you are raising your children to be and knowing why you teach anything is essential.


Living Education is focused on teaching the student as a whole person by building good habits and creating an atmosphere rich with ideas from the world around. Below are some key ideas from great educators and authors on the nature of education.


Key Ideas of Living Education



Education is

an atmosphere, a discipline, a life.

Charlotte Mason, British Educator and Reformer



“Such a theory of education, which need not be careful to call itself a system of psychology, must be in harmony with the thought movements of the age; must regard education, not as a shut off compartment, but as being as much a part of life as birth or growth, marriage or work; and it must leave the pupil attached to the world at many points of contact. It is true that educationalists are already eager to establish such contact in several directions, but their efforts rest upon an axiom here and an idea there, and there is no broad unifying basis of thought to support the whole.”

Charlotte Mason, Home Education Vol. 1



"By moving with the grain of how a student learns, the whole process of learning and teaching becomes more restful because we are working with, rather than against, the nature of learning and teaching."


Jennifer Dow


The Gentle Art of Learning by Karen Andreola






"Classical education is not, preeminently, of a specific time or place. It stands instead for a spirit of inquiry and a form of instruction concerned with the development of style through language and of conscience through myth.

The keyword here is inquiry."



David Hicks





Principals of Classical Pedagogy



Wonder and Curiosity

Spirit of Inquiry


Student Virtues

Love, Humility, Patience, Constancy, Perseverance, Temperance (Self-Control)


Scholé, Contemplation and Leisure

Engaging others, reflection


Embodied Learning

Liturgical Learning, Student Habits


Festina Lente

"Make haste slowly"


Repetitio Mater Memoriae 
"Repetition is the mother of memory"



Living Education Resources




The Gentle Art of Learning article by Karen Andreola


6 Tools for Self-Education article by Sonya Shafer


7 Characteristics of a Charlotte Mason Education article by Jamie Martin


For the Children's Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macauley


When Children Love to Learn: A Practical Application of Charlotte Mason's Philosophy for Today edited by Elaine Cooper




The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise


Teaching from Rest by Sarah MacKenzie


An Introduction to Classical Education: A Guide for Parents free booklet download by Christopher Perrin

"Scholé in the Scripture: Choosing What Is Better" article by Christopher Perrin


"Desiring a Kingdom School" article by Christopher Perrin.


The Liberal Arts Tradition, Revised Edition by Ravi Jain and Kevin Clark


The Student Virtues

Love       Humility       Patience       Constancy       Perseverance       Temperance