At our recent LER, my son Jack and his new bride, Kaley, sat around the campfire for an evening chat. They were there to answer any questions from parents as they both had graduated from homeschools which practice the methods of Charlotte Mason. I would think it unnerving to have 40 people quizzing you on everything from "What were your favorite books?" to "Did you feel you missed out on anything?" They took it all in stride, though. I think they're used to it. At one point, Kaley mentioned to someone that "Yes, it is a marriage, but one might also look at it as a merging of two fantastic libraries of World War II titles." (!)
In my talk on high school, "Qualified for Life - High Schoolers as Persons", I share this quote by Mason.
But the people themselves begin to understand and to clamour for an education which shall qualify their children for life rather than for earning a living. As a matter of fact, it is the man who has read and thought on many subjects who is, with the necessary training, the most capable whether in handling tools, drawing plans, or keeping books. The more of a person we succeed in making a child, the better will he both fulfil his own life and serve society. Vol. 6 intro p. 3
A relational education a la Mason will open your eyes and your child's eyes to what it means to be a whole person and equip them for life. Presently, both Jack and Kaley are going to school while Jack works in admissions at the University of Minnesota. I know I will enjoy watching them navigate their lives as husband and wife, fulfilling who God made them to be and serving others in the process.
From joy to joy,
P.S. - Both of them have written posts about aspects of their homeschool journey. Here is a blog post by Jack, "Paying Attention to Dead Books", that you might enjoy. And here is one by Kaley and her mom, "Homeschooling Reflections".