We are standing on the shoulders of giants.
Those of us homeschooling now owe a great debt to those who blazed the trail.
No matter how lonely we might feel at times, no matter how alone in our opinions or choices, the reality is that we are in good company.
We just have to recognize and find that company.
Just like our students need us to learn alongside them as we educate, so we must find mentors to sit under and emulate ourselves.
After all, a student becomes like his teacher – doubly so when teacher is also mom.
Find a mentor.
Connect with likeminded peers.
Join the conversation.
The real secret sauce of homeschool confidence and know-how is not found in a curriculum catalog, a textbook guide, or a book list.
It’s in making connections with older moms and peers, who are doing the same work and living out the same values. Together, we strengthen one another and educate one another.
When we choose to homeschool,
we accept the responsibility of
educating our children.
But what if we, ourselves, aren’t educated?
Can we do it?
Yes and no.
No – We can’t give what we don’t have. We can’t teach what we don’t know. We can’t pass on a love of reading or of truth or of discipline or of careful attention that we don’t have. Education is passing on traditions and knowledge to the next generation.
But most of us were not given the kind of education we want to pass on.
Still. Yes, we can. – If we ourselves become students, learners, seekers and lovers of truth, then we can and will pass on that posture and attitude to our children. An identity of a reader, of a learner, is the key piece that must be had for any real education to happen. When we have and give that identity, the rest becomes possible.
Being an educator is actually about passing on the identity of reader, thinker, and conversationalist.
Are we willing to do that? If so, we can homeschool well.
Even if we’re willing, we need to find the conversations to join and practice learning and growing as students and self-educators.
Identities are found, built, and strengthened in community and through conversation.
The Sistership is a community founded by classical homeschool moms to support the development and growth the homeschool moms who are – knowingly or not – an integral part of the revival of the classical tradition.
If you want to skip the shallow tips and tricks that usually passes for homeschool help –
If you hate the superficial positivity that usually passes for homeschool encouragement –
If you long for rich, meaningful conversations about not only homeschooling, but also history, science, and other spheres of knowledge that are opening up to you as you read –
If you want to read more and think more and talk about your own learning with likeminded moms –
You belong in The Sistership.