So I'm on this mission to become better edjumicated. It must have to do with the whole classical, Christian homeschool thing. For SOME reason, these people think that if you're are going to teach your kids How to Learn and also Love Learning, it's best if you Model It. SO, here's what I'm currently reading/just finished/plan to start soon.
The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had by Susan Wise Bauer
Classical Christian Education made Approachable by Leigh Bortins
The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education by Leigh Bortins
Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child by Anthony Esolen
How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day by Micheal Gelb
Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou
Bravehearts: Unlocking the Courage to Love with Abandon by Sharon Hersh
The first few chapters of A Well-Educated Mind encourage us to just get in the habit (the daily habit) of reading. Then, when that's in place, move on to figuring out what you need to read (to fill in the holes of your own education). So, I've been reading a lot more. Which is good. But now NETFLIX misses me.
Classical Christian Education made Approachable breaks down the idea of homeschooling with a Classical mindset into easy (easier) to achieve steps. Helpful. Practical. Also great intro for those contemplating the homeschool way of life.
The Core - more practical and easy steps and ideas for teaching your kids the basics of all the subjects so that they have a great foundation as they grow and learn more.
Ten Way to Destroy the Imagination of your Child - really encouraged me to think about what I allow my kids to do and which/when opportunities I seek out for them. I enjoyed the satire in this book (I love making a point by stating the opposite) - because of course I don't WANT to destroy my childrens' imaginations! I found this book difficult to read - so sobering - but also made me realize how important it is to think about (have intention) about how my children spend their time. And kids need free time, too! And lots of it! Yes, I agree.
How to Win Friends and Influence People - friend of mine was reading it and I always think about reading her book choices. And wow, confession, do I ever feel weak in this area these days. So I humbly sit at the feet of Dale Carnegie. You read it and you think, "Yah obviously!" But as my good buddy Dale says, it's the implementation that's key.
How to Think like Leonardo - given to me by a very creative old roomate. Still working through this one and decided to go through it again with my 9 year old. I think creativity is a major thing that everyone possesses but most people don't think they have.
Bravehearts - again, it's the weak painful area of life - relationships and how to love well. Oh Lord, help me love well. I'm just way too sensitive.
So there you have it - my current reading list. I'd love to know what you think if you've read or are reading any of these books.
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