Need inspiration to get you through a particularly tough week, month or season? Doing life without school can be a tricky gig and feel isolating and overwhelming at times, so let these words of encouragement soak into your soul. Hang in there mama (or papa!), you've got this.

200 quotes to inspire your homeschool

Curated by Eric Koelma


1. Anything, everything, can be learned if you can just get yourself in a little patch of real ground, real nature, real wood, real anything … and just sit still and watch. ~ Lauren Hutton

2. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. ~ Nelson Mandela

3. I’ve learned that the safest path is not always the best path, and I’ve learned the the voice of fear is not to always be trusted. ~ Steve Goodier

4. Education must not simply teach work - it must teach Life. ~ W. E. B. Du Bois

5. Our entire school system is based on the notion of passive students that must be “taught” if they are to learn... Our country spends tens of billions of dollars each year not just giving students a second-rate education, but at the same time actively preventing them from getting an education on their own. And I’m angry at how school produces submissive students with battered egos. Most students have no idea of the true joys of learning, and of how much they can actually achieve on their own. ~ Adam Robinson

6. I think this was wise; the greatest service we can to education today is to teach few subjects. No one has time to do more than a very few things well before he is twenty, and when we force a boy to be a mediocrity in a dozen subjects we destroy his standards, perhaps for life.” ~ C.S Lewis 

7. I suppose it is because nearly all children go to school nowadays and have things arranged for them that they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas. ~ Agatha Christie

8. Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. ~ Jim Rohn

9. Curiosity about life in all of it's aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people. ~ Leo Burnett

10. When we are connected, when we feel heard, when we feel like we aren’t being force fed an education... that’s when real, passionate, fiery learning takes place. ~ Jessica Pilton

11. With thirty two kids in a room, it is impossible to cater education toward each child. Children do have to wait because there are a lot of children to wait for. ~ Nikki Schaefer

12. The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. ~ Sydney J. Harris

13. Children spell love... T-I-M-E. ~ Dr. A. Witham

14. There's nothing that stamps out the true love of learning more quickly than standardised testing and benchmarking. ~ Grace Koelma

15. When the atmosphere encourages learning, the learning is inevitable. ~ Elizabeth Foss

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16. Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. ~ John Dewey

17. Change is the end result of all true learning. ~ Leo Buscaglia

18. It is important to start school at an early hour with a full seven hour day in order to fulfill state requirements..For some kids ‘school’ [might be] the best place. But for our family, it is not.” ~ Nikki Schaefer

19. I homeschool my children not to prepare them for exams, but to prepare them for life. ~ Tamara L Chilver

20. There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to its story. ~ Linda Hogan
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21. Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. ~ Robert Fulghum

22. The same ones who brought the children physically in the world have the natural obligation binding in the natural law to provide for the mental, moral and social upbringing of their offspring. ~ Fr. John Hardon

23. What is most important and valuable about the home as a base for children’s growth into the world is not that it is a better school than the schools, but that it isn’t a school at all. ~ John Holt

24. Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. ~ Edward Everett

25. The first real lesson I learned as a homeschool teacher is that … it’s the students that lead the way. ~ Patti Armstrong

26. Children are born naturalists. They explore the world with all of their senses, experiment in the environment, and communicate their discoveries to those around them. ~ The Audubon Nature Preschool

27. One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood. ~ Agatha Christie

28. The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change. ~ Carl Rogers

29. There is no such thing as a child who hates to read. There are only children who have not found the right book. ~ Frank Serafini
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30. We learn to do something by doing it. There is no other way. ~ John Holt

31. The best education I have ever received was through travel. ~ Lisa Ling

32. For a child there is no division between playing and learning; between the things he or she does ‘just for fun’ and things that are ‘educational.’ The child learns while living and any part of living that is enjoyable is also play. ~ Penelope Leach

33. To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

34. To make the most of this homeschooling life, we need to create the conditions for our children to thrive. Indoor and outdoor environments rich with imaginative play, natural objects, interesting people, good books, art supplies, and organic experiences, to name a few. And above all, a parent committed to letting them explore, learn and grow at their own pace. ~ Ainsley Arment

35. Children learn best through their everyday experiences with the people they love and trust, and when the learning is fun. And the best place for these experiences is outdoors, in the natural world. ~ Center for Families, Communities, Schools and Children’s Learning

36. Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood. ~ Fred Rogers

37. As with everything else about children’s behavior, there’s nothing like a good role model. If you value play, your child will, too ~ Madeline Levine

38. Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion has no hold on the mind. Therefore do not use compulsion, but let early education be a sort of amusement; you will then be better able to discover the child’s natural bent. ~ Plato

39. What do parents owe their young that is more important than a warm and trusting connection to the Earth? ~ Theodore Roszak

40. We cannot solve our problems using the same thinking we used when we created them ~ Albert Einstein

41. Go forth and help him fly a kite or build a snow castle. Those shoulders are too little to carry a burden, that brow is too young to be wrinkled, those feet are too lively to be stilled to a funeral’s pace. ~ Charles Doyle

42. We must be careful not to discourage our twelve-year-olds by making them waste the best years of their lives preparing for examinations. ~ Freeman Dyson

43. Children may be more capable of competent self-directed learning than we give them credit for… ~ John Holt

44. Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read, write, and count. Childhood is a small window of time to learn and develop at the pace which is right for each individual child. ~ Magda Gerber

45. If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others. ~ Haim Ginott

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46. It’s true there is just not enough hours in a day to teach children, clean the house and cook well. The difference between me and other mothers is that I’d rather hire out the cleaning than the children’s learning. ~ Theresa Thomas

47. Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school ~ Albert Einstein

48. Self-education is the only possible education; the rest is mere veneer laid on the surface of a child’s nature. ~ Charlotte Mason

49. There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent. ~ Gandhi

50. The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don’t know what to do. ~ John Holt

51. It is the child who makes the man, and no man exists who was not made by the child he once was. ~ Maria Montessori

52. The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled. ~ Plutarch

53. When children are surrounded by curious and creative adults, they have their own inner genius sparked into action ~ Thomas Armstrong

54. It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education ~ Albert Einstein

55. And all the time we have books, books teeming with ideas fresh from the minds of thinkers upon every subject to which we can wish to introduce children. ~ Charlotte Mason

56. My schooling not only failed to teach me what it professed to be teaching, but prevented me from being educated to an extent which infuriates me when I think of all I might have learned at home by myself. ~ George Bernard Shaw

57. Children are, by nature and from birth, very curious about the world around them, and very energetic, resourceful and competent in exploring it, finding out about it, and master it. In short, much more eager to learn, and much better at learning than most adults. ~ John Holt

58. The child should live in an environment of beauty. ~ Maria Montessori

59. The difference between school and life? In school you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life you're given a test that teaches you a lesson ~ Prabeena Kalyan

60. Teaching children about the natural world should be seen as one of the most important events in their lives. ~ Thomas Berry
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61. It is far more valuable to nurture a love of learning than a love of getting the correct answer ~ Grace Koelma

62. I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious. ~ Albert Einstein

63. I think it’s necessary to let kids get bored once in a while—that’s how they learn to be creative. ~ Kim Raver

64. Every student can learn, just not on the same day or in the same way ~ George Evans

65. People always understood, sensibly enough, that before you could teach something you had to know it yourself. But only very recently did human beings get the extraordinary notion that in order to be able to teach what you knew you had to spend years being taught how to teach...
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66. The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say the children are now working as if I did not exist. ~ Maria Montessori

67. Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time. ~ Rabindranath Tagore

68. If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. ~ Thoreau

69. Children are born with all the curiosity they will ever need. it will last a lifetime if they are fed upon a daily diet of ideas. ~ Charlotte Mason

70. Let children have tales of the imagination, scenes laid in other lands and other times; heroic adventures, hairbreadth escapes, delicious fairy tales, even where it is all impossible, and they know it, and yet they believe. ~ Charlotte Mason

71. A child only educated at school is an uneducated child ~ George Santayana

72. We destroy the love of learning in children, which is so strong when they are small, by encouraging and compelling them to work for petty and contemptible rewards, gold stars, or papers marked 100 and tacked to the wall, or A's on report cards, or honor rolls, or dean's lists, or Phi Beta Kappa keys, in short, for the ignoble satisfaction of feeling that they are better than someone else. ~ John Holt

73. Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence. ~ Maria Montessori

74. A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood. ~ Rachel Carson

75. The best teachers are those who tell you where to look but don't tell you what to see ~ Alexandra K Trenfor

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76. Do not let the endless succession of small things crowd great ideals out of sight and out of mind. ~ Charlotte Mason

77. Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom. ~ George Washington Carver

78. It is the duty of a citizen in a free country not to fit into society, but to make society. ~ John Holt

79. We ask children to do for most of a day what few adults are able to do for even an hour. How many of us, attending, say, a lecture that doesn't interest us, can keep our minds from wandering? Hardly any. ~ John Holt

80. Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future. ~ Maria Montessori

81. Once upon a time, all children were homeschooled. They were not sent away from home each day to a place just for children but lived, learned, worked, and played in the real world, alongside adults and other children of all ages. ~ Rachel Gathercole

82. Allow children to be happy in their own way, for what better way will they find? ~ Samuel Johnson

83. What matters is not what we teach; it's what they learn, and the probability of real learning is far higher when the students have a lot to say about both content and the process. ~ Alfie Kohn

84. He requires much knowledge, for the mind needs sufficient food as much as does the body. ~ Charlotte Mason

85. All the world is my school ~ George Whitman

86. It's not that I feel that school is a good idea gone wrong, but a wrong idea from the word go. It's a nutty notion that we can have a place where nothing but learning happens, cut off from the rest of life. ~ John Holt

87. If education is always to be conceived along the same antiquated lines of a mere transmission of knowledge, there is little to be hoped from it in the bettering of man's future. ~ Maria Montessori

88. One of the most damaging mindsets that children (and adults) develop around math is the false notion that they are “not math people ~ Rachel Kovac

89. School Uniform = School. Uniform. ~ Eric Koelma

90. Education is the movement from darkness to light. ~ Allan Bloom

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91. Let children alone... the education of habit is successful in so far as it enables the mother to let her children alone, not teasing them with perpetual commands and directions - a running fire of Do and Don’t ; but letting them go their own way and grow, having first secured that they will go the right way and grow to fruitful purpose. ~ Charlotte Mason

92. School (the institution) loves to make itself the monopoly on education, and it's astonishing how many people still believe that learning can only happen inside the school gates, between the hours of 9 and 3. But it's simply not true. ~ Grace Koelma

93. There seems to be an unspoken idea, in instruction of the young, that the people who start the fastest will go the farthest. But that's not only an unproven theory; it's not even a tested theory. The assumption that the steeper the learning curve, the higher it will go, is also unfounded. If we did things a little differently, we might find out that people whose learning curves were much slower might later on go up just as high or higher ~ John Holt

94. To care for, and keep awake the guide within every child is therefore a matter of first importance ~ Maria Montessori

95. The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil. It is not for you to choose what he shall know, what he shall do. It is chosen and foreordained and he only holds the key to his own secret. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

96. I love the morning school rush. Watching people get stressed out, flustered and sit in peak hour traffic is great for my mindfulness. ~ Eric Koelma

97. From the day you became a parent, you also became a teacher, and you are equipped to be a teacher. ~ Anne Campbell

98. We begin the definite ‘school’ education of children when they are six; they are no doubt capable of beginning a year or two earlier but the fact is that nature and circumstances have provided such a wide field of education for young children that it seems better to abstain from requiring direct intellectual efforts until they have arrived at that age ~ Charlotte Mason

99. I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and only reading it once. ~ C.S Lewis

100. Living is learning and when kids are learning fully and energetically and happily they are learning a lot, even if we don't always know what it is. ~ John Holt

101. The education of even a small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life. ~ Maria Montessori

102. I cannot remember the books I have read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

103. Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. ~ Charles R. Swindoll

104. H.O.M.E.W.O.R.K = Half of My Education Wasted on Random Knowledge ~ Anon

105. We cannot measure the influence that one or another artist has upon the child’s sense of beauty, upon his power of seeing, as in a picture, the common sights of life; he is enriched more than we know in having really looked at even a single picture. ~ Charlotte Mason

106. I don't think it's possible to be 'bad at learning', but it is possible to believe that lie. ~ Grace Koelma

107. If you put fleas in a shallow container they jump out. But if you put a lid on the container for just a short time, they hit the lid trying to escape and learn quickly not to jump so high. They give up their quest for freedom. After the lid is removed, the fleas remain imprisond by their own self policing. So it is with life. Most of us let our own fears or the impositions of others imprison us in a world of low expectations. ~ John Taylor Gatto

108. A child, more than anyone else, is a spontaneous observer of nature. ~ Maria Montessori

109. The first education should be the harmonious development of the child’s physical, mental and spiritual powers. Providing warm and understanding responses to your children’s ‘hearts’ accomplishes far more than pressuring book knowledge into their minds. ~ Raymond and Dorothy Moore

110. Strive for progress, not perfection ~ Unknown

111. Don't question your ability to teach your child. Question putting your child into the same system that left you feeling incapable of teaching your child. ~ Anon

112. Let children have tales of the imagination, scenes laid in other lands and other times; heroic adventures, hairbreadth escapes, delicious fairy tales, even where it is all impossible, and they know it, and yet they believe ~ Charlotte Mason

113. And all the time we have books, books teeming with ideas fresh from the minds of thinkers upon every subject to which we can wish to introduce children. ~ Charlotte Mason

114. We begin the definite ‘school’ education of children when they are six; they are no doubt capable of beginning a year or two earlier but the fact is that nature and circumstances have provided such a wide field of education for young children that it seems better to abstain from requiring direct intellectual efforts until they have arrived at that age ~ Charlotte Mason

115. You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives. ~ Clay P. Bedford

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116. The institution of school, in its current form, is destroying children's love of learning, and ultimately, their true sense of self as learners. ~ Grace Koelma

117. Teaching is a function, not a profession. Anything with something to offer can teach. ~ John Taylor Gatto

118. I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. ~ Mark Twain

119. Recipe for genius: More of family and less of school, more of parents and less of peers, more creative freedom and less formal lessons. ~ Raymond S. Moore

120. Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do harm to the world. ~ Voltaire

121. Grades don't measure intelligence and age doesn't define maturity. ~ Anon

122. The world is my classroom, each day is a new lesson, and every person I meet is my teacher. ~ Craig Harper

123. In the end, the secret to learning is so simple: forget about it. Think only about whatever you love. Follow it, do it, dream about it. One day, you will glance up at your collection of Japanese literature, or trip over the solar oven you built, and it will hit you: learning was there all the time, happening by itself. ~ Grace Llewellyn

124. Homeschool mama, you can't be everything to everyone. You are not taco night. ~ Kara Anderson

125. A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read. ~ Mark Twain

126. The idea that children need to be around many other youngsters in order to be ‘socialized’ is perhaps the most dangerous and extravagant myth in education and child rearing today. ~ Raymond S. Moore

127. Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons. It is to grow in the open air, and to eat and sleep with the earth. ~ Walt Whitman

128. A classroom doesn't need to have four walls. ~ Anon

129. Our kids may not express their desires verbally but instead subconsciously, if they listen to their heart – given the opportunity to listen to that still, small voice whispering in their ear what path to take – they’ll follow it unceasingly. ~ Crystal Wiley

130. The highest result of education is tolerance. ~ Helen Keller

131. If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original. ~ Ken Robinson

132. The function of true education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education. ~ Martin Luther King Jr

133. By letting our children lead us to their own special places we can rediscover the joy and wonder of nature. ~ Richard Louv

134. If You’ve Told a Child a Thousand Times, and the Child Still Has Not Learned, Then It Is Not the Child Who Is the Slow Learner. ~ Walter Barbie

135. Learning is their journey... Let them navigate. Push them to explore. Watch them discover. Encourage their questions. Allow them to struggle. Support their thinking. Let Them Fly! ~ Anon

136. You have to be a bit of a rebel with an independent spirit to homeschool. I say 'feel the freedom.' ~ Davis Carman

137. The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful. ~ Henri Poincare

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138. For most of us the problem isn’t that we aim too high and fail - it’s just the opposite - we aim too low and succeed. ~ Ken Robinson

139. Homeschooled children benefit the community because they are not shaped by peers but by parents. ~ Mary Kay Clark

140. An indoor (or backseat) childhood does reduce some dangers to children; but other risks are heightened, including risks to physical and psychological health, risk to children's concept and perception of community, risk to self-confidence and the ability to discern true danger. ~ Richard Louv

141. All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education. ~ Walter Scott

142. Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. ~ Anthony J. D'Angelo

143. But let’s be certain about this … there are some things in life that just can’t be measured … because they can’t even be defined. Love. Creativity. Curiosity. Courage. Passion. And those special forces that jolt the spirit and open the mind. ~ Denis Ian

144. The more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core, and I think the same is true of human beings. ~ Henry David Thoreau

145. Imagination is the source of every form of human achievement. And it's the one thing that I believe we are systematically jeopardizing in the way we educate our children and ourselves. ~ Ken Robinson

146. We parents need to have confidence in ourselves, confidence in the graces which God gave us, and confidence from our own life experiences and knowledge. We can know and must demand what is best for our children. ~ Mary Kay Clark

147. We have such a brief opportunity to pass on to our children our love of this Earth, and to tell our stories. These are the moments when the world is made whole. In my children's memories, the adventures we've had together in nature always exist. ~ Richard Louv

148. Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning ~ William Arthur Ward

149. Any book which inspires us to lead a better life is a good book. ~ Archbishop Fulton Sheen

150. If you want a real thinker to blossom from childhood, don’t measure them at every turn … or condition them to shine on every command. Instead … help them indulge in their own natural curiosities … and they’ll measure themselves and shine for all of ever. ~ Denis Ian

151. The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

152. Our task is to educate their whole being so they can face the future. We may not see the future, but they will and our job is to help them make something of it. ~ Ken Robinson

153. Don’t worry about socialization. Wherever people congregate, there is going to be interaction, socialization. Where is it written that it needs to be in schools? ~ Mary Kay Clark

154. The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need. ~ Richard Louv

155. Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. ~ William Butler Yeats

156. Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all ~ Aristotle

157. American education has become so disappointing … controlled by didactic gurus and self-imagined geniuses who share one important experience: they have no experience. ~ Denis Ian

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158. Being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life ~ Hope Jahren

159. We stigmatize mistakes. And we're now running national educational systems where mistakes are the worst thing you can make -- and the result is that we are educating people out of their creative capacities. ~ Ken Robinson

160. In reading the lives of the saints, I cannot recall a single saint who benefited by going along with the crowd. ~ Mary Kay Clark

161. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it. ~ Roald Dahl

162. The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values. ~ William S. Burroughs

163. It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. ~ Aristotle

164. Instead of pushing bubble-sheets in front of kids and asking them this or that … why don’t we ask them about the passions they don’t even know they have? And their talents they can’t even see or the cleverness they take for granted. ~ Denis Ian

165. If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn ~ Ignacio Estrada

166. Sometimes getting away from school is the best thing can happen to a great mind. ~ Ken Robinson

167. Art encourages children to think, developing skills and confidence as they go. ~ Mary-Anne Kohl

168. Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence. ~ Robert Frost

169. Let nature be your teacher. ~ William Wordsworth

170. We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading ~ B. F Skinner

171. Children are born ready to learn. During the preschool years a child’s brain is twice as active as an adults, with trillions of connections between brain cells being made. And it is the child’s relationships and experiences during the early years that greatly influence how the brain develops. ~ Diane Gordon

172. School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is. ~ Ivan Illich

173. The gardener does not make the plant grow. The job of a gardener is to create the optimal conditions. ~ Ken Robinson

174. At the end of the day, people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel. ~ Maya Angelou

175. When one teaches, two learn. ~ Robert Heinlein

176. Schools have not necessarily much to do with education... they are mainly institutions of control, where basic habits must be inculcated in the young. Education is quite different and has little place in school. ~ Winston Churchill

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177. The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you. ~ BB King

178. The ultimate quality of your life is not in your resume, but in the minds and hearts of those you mean something to because you gave yourself to them. ~ Dr. Laura Schlessinger

179. They are much to be pitied who have not been given a taste for nature early in life. ~ Jane Austen

180. I think it's necessary to let kids get bored once in awhile, that's how they learn to be creative. ~ Kim Raver

181. Educating yourself does not mean that you were stupid in the first place; it means that you are intelligent enough to know that there is plenty left to learn. ~ Melanie Joy

182. It shouldn't matter how slowly a child learns as long as we are encouraging them not to stop. ~ Robert John Meehan

183. Thank goodness I was never sent to school: it would have rubbed off some of the originality. ~ Beatrix Potter

184. Home-schooled students are able to successfully adapt emotionally, interpersonally, and academically to their first, and most challenging, semester in college. That is probably because, having had the consistent teaching and support of a family and a community, they have developed strengths and convictions that provide a bridge over the troubled waters of a multitude of challenges and temptations. ~ Dr. Laura Schlessinger

185. Play is the work of childhood. ~ Jean Piaget

186. The beauty of home education is that it gives a family more time together–time to solidify relationships, to communicate values, and to focus on each child’s individual needs in a consistent and unhurried atmosphere. ~ Kimberly Hahn & Mary Hasson

187. Children's play is not silly and it's not trivial. It's a beautiful, serious and important thing. ~ Grace Koelma

188. The greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work. ~ Michael Jackson

189. The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives. ~ Robert M Hutchins

190. Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. ~ Benjamin Franklin

191. Childhood is the world of miracle and wonder, as if creation rose and bathed in light, out of darkness, utterly new and fresh and astonishing. The end of childhood is when things cease to astonish us. When the world seems familiar, when we have gotten used to existence, one has become an adult. ~ E. Jonesco

192. If the purpose of learning is to score well on a test, we’ve lost sight of the real reason for learning. ~ Jeannie Fulbright

193. Fairy tales in childhood are stepping stones throughout life, leading the way through trouble and trial. The value of fairy tales lies not in a brief literary escape from reality, but in the gift of hope that goodness truly is more powerful than evil and that even the darkest reality can lead to a Happily Ever After. ~ L.R. Knost

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194. Through my education, I didn't just develop skills, I didn't just develop the ability to learn, but I developed confidence. ~ Michelle Obama

195. Children have a natural affinity towards nature. Dirt, water, plants, and small animals attract and hold children’s attention for hours, days, even a lifetime. ~ Robin C. Moore and Herb H Wong

196. An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. ~ Benjamin Franklin

197. Homeschooling is about helping make it possible for children to reach maturity with healthy, curious, fully conscious minds. ~ Earl Gary Stevens

189. Homeschooling is not a race to the finish line; it's a journey of a million small discoveries on the path that God has marked out for you. ~ Jeannie Fulbright

190. Nothing is so contagious as example. ~ La Rochefoucauld

191. Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning ~ Mr. Rogers

192. Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve. ~ Roger Lewin

193. Play is not frivolous. It is not a luxury. It is not something to fit in after completing all the important stuff. Play is the important stuff. Play is a drive, a need, a brain-building must-do. ~ Jeff Johnson & Denita Dinger

194. It is not the things you have that make you happy. It is love and kindness and helping each other and just plain being good. ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

195. A book is a dream that you hold in your hands. ~ Neil Gaiman

196. Kids blossom and get bigger from doing adult things because they want to, instead of kid-things they have to do because they're small. ~ Sandra Dodd

197. When you want to teach children to think, you begin by treating them seriously when they are little, giving them responsibilities, talking to them candidly, providing privacy and solitude for them, and making them readers and thinkers of significant thoughts from the beginning. That’s if you want to teach them to think. ~ Bertrand Russell

198. Mainstream society is starting to question the typical counsel to “go to college and get a good job at a big company.” That was the conventional definition of success in the industrial age, and even deeply into the information age, but we are swiftly moving beyond that now. That advice, so adamantly passed on to us by our parents, has become hopelessly out-of-date as our teens move into the adult world. ~ Pam Laricchia

200 quotes to inspire your homeschool

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199. Go out, go out I beg of you
And taste the beauty of the wild.
Behold the miracle of the earth
With all the wonder of a child. ~ Edna Jaques

200. Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world. ~ Brene Brown

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Eric is a self-confessed cool nerd, a football fanatic, husband/right-hand-man to Grace and dad to Leo. Eric's philosophy on life is simple: "If I'm not learning, I'm dead."

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