New Beginnings Founded in Old Roots

The Orchard House Home School blog is named after the long time home of Louisa May Alcott and is where she wrote “Little Women.” Having grown up in Massachusetts, I was fortunate enough to have been able to visit Orchard House. My first experience at Orchard House is one of my fondest childhood memories and inspired a summer immerse in Louisa May Alcott’s writing. Her father, Amos Bronson Alcott, founded a school in Boston that treated children as fully intelligent beings worthy of respect and affection rather than as discipline problems. He believed that children should be taught through questioning and writing about personal experiences rather than lecturing and rote work. This concept of questioning, exploration, and discovery is the guiding principle behind home schooling my 10-year-son after years of frustration in traditional school settings.

And so begins our journey…

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