If you're like most bright, creative homeschooling moms, you began the journey with high hopes and great expectations of what learning at home would look like. Homeschooling sounded like so much fun! It would be like playing school when you were a kid (only this time, you really would be the schoolteacher instead of playing make-believe).💕
You went to the local homeschool convention and brought home a tote bag (or rolling suitcase) full of crisp, shiny new curricula and workbooks. Shopping was so exciting, and over the summer, you scheduled detailed plans for teaching all the primary subjects that you learned in public or private school.
In late August or early September, you called your dutiful little kiddos to the table, and passed out the assignments. Things went well for a few weeks (maybe even until Christmas break), then reality began to sink in like a ton of heavy bricks. This wasn't fun AT ALL...this was hard work. Where was the joy you dreamed about?
Some days you felt like quitting.
Talk about a letdown! The kids never seemed to get all the work done that you'd planned. You were constantly being pulled in every direction by multiple kids with urgent needs. Unexpected distractions and family emergencies derailed your best-laid plans.
In the back of your mind, you wondered if you were being unrealistic.
The further into the homeschool year you got, the more frustrated and defeated you felt. This wasn't the way it was supposed to be...real-life homeschooling looked WAY different than you expected...
Where were those dreamy days of fun, creative inspiration and joyful learning?
I know exactly how you feel because I went through the same thing. In the course of normal life, I defaulted to what I already knew (the public school model), and I discovered that my real problem wasn't my kids or imperfect curricula.
No, the real obstacle keeping me from realizing my homeschooling dreams was ME (and what I thought school was supposed to look like). The tricky part was reconciling what I wanted to happen with what was actually happening in my home.
I promptly set out on a quest to figure out how to bring joy to our homeschool. I wanted my kids to LOVE learning so much that as adults, they'd be eager lifelong learners.
What I learned dramatically changed our homeschool.
What did I learn? I learned the definition of an educated child.
You see, for most of Western history, kids learned in small groups (or even one-on-one) from a master who taught them how to read, think, write, and speak. The master used classic literature like Homer's Iliad, and the apprentices learned using classical methods like narration, copywork, memorization, and recitation. (Think of how Jesus used the Old Testament scripture to teach his disciples...same concept).
I learned that this model of educating a child was effective for more than 3,000 years. Those old scholars had already solved my problem and answered my question of how to teach a child and what the end result should be...in short,
An educated child knows how to use his native language to reason critically so that he can communicate effectively.
So simple. Here's the secret sauce. If you want to raise an educated child (and who doesn't?), you've got to teach three skills to mastery :
Once I realized what was keeping me from my happy ending, I promptly got to work and figured out how to fix my problem. Teaching skills is SO much easier than teaching subjects, and it provides the freedom to teach any content you want!
Adopting this old way of thinking about education is not hard at all. When you have the proper tools to measure progress, you can plan and teach from a place of rest and joy.
You can give your homeschool kids more than the same-old 'conveyor-belt, cookie-cutter' education, too. You can give them the intellectual tools to learn anything, and guess what will happen when you start teaching skills instead of subjects?
The joy of creative learning will return to your homeschool.
You have everything you need to create a vibrant, creative learning environment at home. All you need to do is reclaim your classical inheritance. Teach skills using classical methods during grades k-8 so you'll be ready for subjects during high school. Voila!
No more discouragement. No more self-doubt or criticism. No more guesswork!
If you've been feeling frustrated with your homeschool because there's not enough joy in learning, The Classical Scholar Bright Moms Community is just what you need. We're smart, creative women who want to raise kids who are eager to learn...well-rounded kids who are prepared to lead AND serve...to step into their own unique God-given mission. Come along, and let me introduce you to a few of my very good friends and tell you a little bit more about our community so you can decide if it's right for you.
The cornerstone of our Bright Mom's experience is Diane's Homeschool Planning Course. We learn about core values, planning tools, teaching strategies, and school records. Since we're all learning the same material, we share a common understanding and give dynamic feedback.
Unlike the myth of the solitary creative genius, we've learned that the best innovations happen in community when like-minded, enthusiastic friends imagine lessons and brainstorm solutions together. That's why collaboration is so vital. We encourage. We challenge. We hold each other accountable for working the plan. It's like having your own cheer squad!
After we gather our initial baseline measurements of what skills we need to teach, we each write a customized 12-15 week homeschool plan. Then we get cracking! It's fun and inspiring to see photos of each other's creative lesson plans and happy kids who love learning!
When you're so focused on 3 skills of the trivium, you're able to do what your family loves and mix your lessons into that. A sharp focus keeps your teaching goals in the forefront of your own mind, so you recognize opportunities for your kids to learn, practice, and demonstrate mastery. Diane's Moms Course gives you the map, and supports you on the adventure!
~Alexis (mom of 2 boys + 1 girl)
Diane, you taught me to see that my family's collective experiences were part of our own story, a story like no one else's. Over the years I've read a lot about not comparing homeschool and methods and so on, and it all made sense but the "culprit" would find a way to creep back in, somehow. But then you helped me walk through my story and see that what I thought were shortcomings and negative experiences were actually part of God's plan for my life to this point and beyond. It's the most liberating thing I've experienced in a long time! Thank you.
~Wendy (mom of 3 boys)
Every time hearing or reading the "bright moms like you" statement, I would ignore and think, "that doesn't fit me, but I am still going to finish this course!" I thought there was no way I was included in that scenario. I never wanted to be a homeschool mom, nor did I have any idea what I was doing! Now, after completing the third course and diving into lesson planning this week. I feel "bright"...like I was made to do this for my children. It is all coming together, and I am very energized to do this!! God has enabled me and given me grace for this challenge! Thanks again, Diane, you really are a blessing!
~Alicia (mom of 2 boys)
The Classical Scholar Bright Moms Community will quickly become your favorite online destination for homeschool planning and classical teaching methods. Think of it as "continuing education" for moms...as you work your way through the lessons of Mom's Course, you'll clarify your family vision, measure your child's intellectual skills, and write responsive 15-week homeschool lesson plans. You'll learn the very best classical teaching methods so that...
You'll teach with more energy, efficiency, and effectiveness.
Who doesn't want to work smarter, not harder? Every semester as you return to record your child's progress towards skills mastery, you'll get better and better at homeschool planning and teaching. Plus as a lifetime member, you can come back and use the resources for every child. You're going to love your Bright Moms Community
In your 1st class, Core Values, I’ll help you discover recurring themes in your personal history that point to your family's unique mission. After you write a laser-sharp mission statement, you'll teach with clear direction, purpose, and more energy. (7 lessons + worksheets)
➡Click here to preview the entire CORE VALUES Class Curriculum including behind-the-scenes access to lesson 1.6 (Bitter Disappointments) and 1.8 (Common Values).
In your 2nd class, Planning Tools, I’ll teach you how to grade skills mastery and plan the next 15 week semester which means you’ll know exactly what homeschool curriculum you need so that you can save time, work smarter, and be more efficient. (14 lessons + worksheets)
➡Click here to preview the entire PLANNING TOOLS Class Curriculum including behind-the-scenes access to lesson 2.2 (Personality Dispositions) and 2.6 (Skills Mastery).
In class #3, Teaching Strategies, I’ll show you how to use the best classical teaching methods, how to draft targeted lesson plans, and how to teach your child accountability for his work so that you can become a better, more effective teacher. (12 lessons + worksheets)
➡Click here to preview the entire TEACHING STRATEGIES Class Curriculum including behind-the-scenes access to lesson 3.2 (Socratic Dialogue) and 3.3 (Workflow).
In your bonus class, School Records, I’ll show you how to get organized and prepare for the high school transcript. Start now for a portfolio that impresses every college admissions officer while giving you peace of mind, gratitude, and contentment. (12 lessons + worksheets)
➡Click here to preview the entire SCHOOL RECORDS Class Curriculum including behind-the-scenes access to lesson 4.2 (Grammar Card) and 4.6 (Progress Report).
When you join our Bright Moms Community, you'll get even more great feedback, advice, lesson plans, and the best part (in my opinion) is our annual live coaching call!
I feel like each of my bright moms and their kids are my family, too, so I pray for them...I adore catching up for a personal chat to discuss homeschool planning, curriculum choices, or any other parenting issues you want to discuss. I'm passionate about making your classical journey extraordinary!
What an eye opener and mind bender your homeschool planning workshop was! I can't wait to dive into the wealth of resources on your website and Mom's Course this summer as I continue to plan out our next school year! If I could give a word of advice to other homeschooling moms...gather all your friends, and host an amazing homeschooling planning workshops with Diane! I find myself incorporating your words and instruction all the time. :-)
~Hosanna (mom of 2 boys and 2 girls)
If you want motivated, self-directed kids, then homeschool mentor Diane Lockman’s simple approach to classical education is just what you need. She shows you how to make learning relevant, measurable, and achievable as you teach your kids to read, think, write, and speak about life’s most meaningful ideas.
In addition to her popular podcast, Diane serves families through two online communities: Bright Moms, a group coaching course that takes the guesswork out of planning and teaching and Classical Scholar Academy where she uses classical methods to teach writing, literature, and history to 7th-12th graders. 💕
Every CLASSIC & PREMIUM member gets 20% off every planner and accessory purchase! Not only will you learn, connect, and teach, but you'll have a pretty homeschool planner to keep track of all your lessons...sweet! Click here to see all my planners.
We have tried many methods over the years and have ended up very eclectic but still wasting so much time and energy. My husband and I were raised in public schools, and breaking that mindset has been hard to say the least. I think the one thing we missed that would have brought us to this philosophy sooner is evaluating our "core values" and writing our our "goals" before every year. Somewhere along the way our philosophy turned into just getting through each year and I do believe it was because we did not put enough importance into the task of "what do you want to accomplish this year, and how do you want to get there?" I've made some strides today in breaking out of the "subject" mind set and starting to see how I won't have to plan every single day ever again...I'm so excited! Thank you Diane!
~Jill (mom of 2 - a son and daughter)