Back in the 1990s, I had a quote journal in which I wrote down my favorite quotes. My friends and I would share journals and copy down the quotes that we liked. This was before we had the internet and most of us didn’t even have computers, let alone multiple computers or devices. This collection reminded me of those journals from a long time ago.
Here are some homeschool related quotes that resonate with me.
“Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.” ― Beatrix Potter
“Probably the greatest myth that has evolved is this idea that socializing with one’s equals leads to socialization.” ―Dr.Gordon Neufeld
“What are the gains from early learning for small children? I don’t think there is anything to be gained except parental emancipation. Certainly not parental fulfillment. That’s a totally different issue. The first issue is always to established strong, deep emotional connections with those raising you, and that should be our emphasis in society. If we did this, we would send our children to school late, not early.” ―Dr.Gordon Neufeld
“Do not let schooling interfere with your education.” ―Mark Twain
“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ―Albert Einstein
“There’s no school to learn how to love your neighbor, just the house next door.” ―Bob Goff
“God’s more interested in our hearts than our [lesson] plans.” ―Bob Goff
“Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read, write, and count. It is a small window of time to learn and develop at the pace that is right for each individual child.” ―Magda Gerber
“In America, we currently have this idea that our children are struggling academically so the answer lies in pushing them more and more, at earlier and earlier ages… If our children are struggling academically, it does not make sense to make them do more of the same things that are failing them and from a younger age.” ―Alicia Bayer
“Children are ‘Holy Sandpaper.’ Homeschooling your children will expose every flaw and weakness you have –and that’s a good thing.” ―Mary Prather
“Unschooling is living life like school doesn’t exist. It is trusting that children are people who, like all people, will seek out the knowledge and skills they need to do the things that matter to them, and recognizing that the things that matter to them really do matter. It is allowing children to live and learn the same way adults do after they’ve left the often soul-crushing, massively limiting confines of school but without the visceral hatred of learning that so many people leave school with.” ―Qarin Van Brink
“Children don’t need to be taught how to learn; they are born learners. They come out of the womb interacting with and exploring their surroundings. Babies are active learners, their burning curiosity motivating them to learn how the world works. And if they are given a safe, supportive environment, they will continue to learn hungrily and naturally –in the matter and at the speed that suits them best.”. ―Wendy Priesnitz
“I am in the business of loving my kids so much that they want to learn from me.”
“And if those children are unresponsive, maybe you can’t teach them yet, but you can love them. And if you can love them today, maybe you can teach them tomorrow.” ―Jeffrey R. Holland
“Never underestimate the power of free play and boredom. Wonderful discoveries are made when children are left alone to use their imaginations.”
What’s your favorite homeschool quote? We can share like old times.