I have discovered a very simple and successful resource for homeschooling my kids. It’s a list of famous people. This list was the start of an ever-evolving “curriculum” for us. Our list consists of illustrious men and women from our religious tradition, Unitarian-Universalism. Learning about heroes and heroines, their lives and ideals, their struggles and triumphs, leads us into history, science, art, architecture, music, literature, civics and many other traditional school subjects. But it also reaches beyond academic learning. The most important learning that occurs is the character development that is inherent in studying the lives of great individuals. By looking into the lives of great people, we hope to give our children models for their own lives – models who have shown compassion for their fellow human beings, models who have stood up for what they believe in, often against great opposition. This is what we want our kids to take with them.
Continue reading How a List Can Become a Personalized Curriculum and Learning Adventure by M Roth, from the July-August, 1999 issue of Home Education Magazine. Subscribe today and enjoy adventures in learning all year long!