Elegant Motherhood

I just happened upon this blog (Elegant Woman) and wanted to share it.

Eunice says:

Motherhood Story One – The Greatest Power God Bestowed On Us

My Motherhood quotes today which inspired this post is an old book by Helen Andelin, All About Raising Children.

She says,

A generation of excellent children would have a profound effect upon society. We would eliminate vice, corruption, violence and most of our social problems. Instead, our youth would begin to build our country in a positive way. Our children would be our country’s greatest wealth.

“Our country’s most precious possession is not our vast acres of rangeland supporting flocks and herds; not our mines and oil wells producing fabulous wealth. Our country’s greatest resource is our children.” – David O McKay

Motherhood Story Two – The Importance of Education

Education has always been a strong interest in my life, even though I’ve never felt the importance of Classical Education until now. Until I’ve read the book “The Well Trained Mind” and reflected on my own education and upbringing.

Therefore, my favourite chapter and motherhood story of the book, the The Well-Trained Mind was chapter one, written by Jessie about how she ‘stumbled’ upon homeschooling.

It was more meaningful to me than the many other pages which focused strictly on curriculum.

As great as her classical education school curriculum was, we all know that any attempt at home schooling will never be perfect. Most of us, will try and feel great in some areas, and struggle with the rest.

Nevertheless, some of her motherhood stories, especially her thoughts and experiences encourages me.

For example, she writes about how she first taught Phonics to her eldest son at the age of four and her three year old daughter wanted in too.

From my own personal experience: I remember my own Phonics lesson and my brother didn’t have those lessons – to be honest, I’m the more confident reader of us two.

In kindergarten, Jessie’s daughter Susan preferred to read instead of play during play time.

Jessie filled her children’s head with facts when they were small and she taught them to read early. She kept books everywhere in the house; even had books for presents and rewards. She took her children to the library every week!

She would make each of them borrow
one science book
one history book
one art or music appreciation book
one practical book (craft, hobby or how to)
a biography or autobiography
a classic novel
a fiction book
a book of poetry

She taught her daughter to follow a custom-made schedule, balancing academics and personal interests like music and creative writing. Susan continued to read every spare moment.

By the time Susan was in high school, she wrote papers, book reports, stories and even wrote two novels even though it wasn’t part of her classical education curriculum.

Isn’t that just amazing?


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