When we first explored the idea of homeschooling our children, we found a book called The Thomas Jefferson Education. It is really more of a homeschooling philosophy than a curriculum. A main feature of the philosophy requires the parents to be mentors to the children. It teaches that a child will mimic what he sees, therefore, the hardest part of the curriculum is MY part--if I'm not doing a thing, there is little hope that my child will want to do it.
I have seen inspirational mentoring work dozens of times over the course of our homeschooling journey. The first time I recognized it was when we were trying to decide whether to home school. I sat down with a notebook and did a little journaling to help organized my thoughts and feelings about it. My son, then age five, watched me for a minute then went and got his own notebook. He sat next to me and made his own journal entry. It was all the convincing I needed. I knew this program could work if I did my part.
My (humble, lucky-if-I-get-any-comments) blog is nearly 100 posts old and my son has just started his own blog. Every nine year old should have a blog--it would entertain the masses. Already, his desire for better punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure is thrilling this don't-force-it Mothership.
I love seeing all of the steps of our children's educational journey.