Your Family's Educational Philosophy
Establishing a home education philosophy in the beginning stages of your journey is very helpful when it comes to curriculum planning, time management and explaining to your Mother-in-Law what it is you are doing. It is also helpful if you are in a province that requires you register with a school board. Each school board has its own educational philosophy. If you know your family's educational philosophy first it is easier to discover which board's philosophy is closer to yours before your register.
How do you see your home school philosophy? Has your family been blessed with Charlotte Mason's wisdom and practical, nurturing style? Would you rather teach using a more academic and Classical Education Approach using the Trivium with its emphasis on a rigorous education including Latin, grammar, and a broad-based study of the liberal arts and sciences? Perhaps you are looking for more of a Hands-On, kinesthetic approach. Have you considered Unit Studies, relating every thing your child studies to one topic or theme? Or perhaps you feel your child needs more of an Unschooling approach by letting him learn through play. You may be considering the well researched, better late than early method Raymond & Dorothy Moore prescribed that takes into account how children learn. Perchance you would prefer to follow an Eclectic approach, taking the best from each of the different home school styles. If you are looking to find your family's home school style or learn more about a favorite style, there are choices below that may help.
The books below are helpful in recognizing which home education style fits your family. You may not be able to read all of them at once, but reading one a year helps keep your focus fresh and introduces you to other viable educational philosophies.