Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom
“I pledge allegiance to living books, to the pure classics of literature. And never will an abridgment land on our shelves, for it would ruin our education forever.”
If you’ve been homeschooling long, you’ve no doubt heard one of our creeds:
“Down with textbooks!”
And for good reason. Many of us have memories of being bored to tears reading overviews in short paragraphs with summary questions to answer at the end. Now that we’re educators ourselves, we think there must be a better way. There is.
A term coined by British educator Charlotte Mason, living books are those written by an author with a passion for the subject at hand. The writer’s expertise and enthusiasm breathe life into the book, as opposed to a textbook’s impersonal synopsis.
The classics, which I firmly believe we should study and learn from, are living books. I’ve done my best to introduce plenty of them into our homeschool. These works have stood the test of time for generations, inspiring and teaching throughout history.
Surely they have lessons to offer us too.