Today my preschool daughter started pulling out wooden letter magnets and asked me to help her build words. It turns out that she can spell and phonetically sound out “mom” and “dad.” Once again, this is a milestone I didn’t expect her to reach so soon. And, quite frankly, rather than mere motherly pride it brings with it a weight of responsibility.
You see, for my husband and me having academically smart kids is not the most important thing. In addition to excellent academic ability we also want our children to become emotionally mature, spiritually strong, wise, and compassionate.
With these considerations in mind I began researching curriculum before she was born and I’m sure it’s a process that won’t end until after our last child has left home. It’s just that important.
This week a new candidate for consideration entered the ring: ronpaulcurriculum.com. If anyone would have told me before that I’d seriously consider a curriculum program spearheaded by a former politician I would have told them that they were crazy. But then again, that’s because I wouldn’t have expected the politician to be former Congressman Ron Paul.
At this point I should mention that I work for Campaign for Liberty– an organization started by Dr. Paul. And I work for that organization because my husband and I share Dr. Paul’s desire to see government power held within constitutional bounds.
To ask for such a government is to also ask for the opportunity to self-govern. That means our children ought to be prepared to deal with such responsibilities. That’s part of what intrigues me about the curriculum Ron Paul has had developed. A key part of the high school education includes having students work independently and start their own businesses.
Best of all, the K-5 curriculum will be offered for free on the site– allowing parents to truly test drive the program before investing.
Other curriculum and publishers I have found worth considering include:
- American Language Series (I learned to read using this curriculum and love it.)
- Logos Press
- My Father’s World
- Heart of Dakota
- Singapore Math
- Foundation for American Christian Education (Some reservations here because they recommend The Writing Road to Reading– and that book nearly killed the love of learning in me when I was a kid! But I suppose it may work great for some.)
- Robinson Curriculum (I don’t like his total restriction of the use of computers, but I will likely continue to research this option.)