That’s what our guest in today’s show, Elle Celaya of Woven Childhood, a former public school teacher practices to home educate her three children. Elle is passionate about cultivating creativity in her home and seeks to deepen her children’s understanding of this world through nature study, making art and providing a living education interwoven throughout their day.
You can find Elle on Instagram @wovenchildhood where she encourages and supports mothers in their homeschool journey, and is a strong advocate for the preservation of childhood. She resides by the beach in North County, San Diego and enjoys exploring the coastlines and mountains of her homeland with her husband and children.
Things we discuss in this podcast
- How to know when you are ready to homeschool?
- Different methods of homeschooling.
- How do you know if you are doing it well?
- What is the best way to make it work with your family lifestyle?
- What role does the internet play in early childhood education?
- Why nature must be a part of your child’s daily life.
- Why is it so hard to live a healthy life in 2020?
- How to balance your own mindset.
At this time, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, all parents have had an opportunity to experience homeschooling - by choice or not. And while homeschooling may not be an option or conscious choice for some, for others, it has been an experience you may wonder could be a good choice for you going forward.
Whether it is due to the safety of your children returning to school with the restrictions now put in place due to the pandemic, or the deeper connection you want to foster with your children, homeschooling is a wonderful approach to giving your children a well-rounded education.
There are hundreds of avenues to take in homeschooling. Elle recommends starting with asking WHY you are homeschooling. Why do you want to take this alternative route? What is your mission as a family? What values do you want to instill in your children going forward?
It’s asking the first question that leads you to answers YOU need, not general homeschooling answers. Elle believes that everyone is created with a mind and a heart. Once they are joined you will start to know the power you have as a human and realize you have everything you need inside of you.
Elle uses the Charlotte Mason philosophy, which practices open minded thinking about nature and how it teaches your child. The method is based on the principle that children are born whole persons and that you are cultivating them as a whole person with their education.
This is an inspiring and informative conversation with a homeschool mom who leads an engaged tribe of other homeschooling moms on Instagram @wovenchildhood.
Check out the Nui Sustainability for Schools Program, to see how you can earn funds or your child's homeschool, Waldorf School, Nature School, or Charlotte Mason Schooling program - LINK
LINKS DISCUSSED IN THIS PODCAST
DIY home product recipes you can try
EWG - Guide to healthy cleaning - to check the safety of an ingredient
Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Philosophy