What would happen if you decided to be your child’s mentor, rather than their teacher? What if you awakened their wonder and curiosity, so that they became the kind of people who thirst for knowledge and understanding?

What if you could fall in love with homeschooling your kids?

In this episode, Sally Clarkson and I continue a conversation we started over on her podcast a few weeks ago. We discuss how Sally translated her own boredom with traditional education in order to find a different way for her four children… and the (rather fantastic) results of those choices.

If you ever wonder whether homeschooling “works” or gets good results, you probably want to listen to this episode. 😉

…and if you’re about to set off on a year of home learning, be encouraged and inspired to have a glorious year of awaking wonder in your kids.

In this podcast episode, you’ll hear:

  • how we can raise lifelong learners who aren’t afraid to tackle big questions and obstacles
  • how to make your home a place of resource for your children
  • the difference between being your child’s teacher and being his or her mentor (this is BIG)

Click the play button below to start listening:

We talk about…

2:33What did Sally prioritize in her homeschool?
3:27 The importance of Awaking Wonder
8:30What to use for curriculum
10:58Mentoring vs teaching
15:54“Let’s find out together”
19:08Dealing with fear — and we all deal with fear
22:30“Cooperate with natural curiosity”
23:44‘What should I do after I read aloud?’
27:06Let the Kids Speak

Quotes to remember:

“A mentor is someone who looks into the personality and the life of the child and says, ‘I believe that there is endless potential. I believe that you’ve been made uniquely. I believe there is imagination to unearth, there are strengths to develop.'”

– Sally Clarkson

A teacher covers material … a mentor uncovers it. A mentor sits on the same side of the table, metaphorically speaking, and says, ‘Let’s find out together…'”

– Sarah Mackenzie

Links from this episode:

Books from this episode:

Educating the WholeHearted Child — Third Edition
Reading Magic
Awakening Wonder

Want more?

Yeah, I get it. I can’t get enough of Sally either! She and I did an IG Live last week to talk about curriculum, how to know you’re doing enough in your homeschool, homeschooling high school, and more.

You can watch the replay here, even if you don’t have an Instagram account.