Still Waters Scholé, created in 2020, came about rather unexpectedly.
In response to the uncertainty in the public schools due to the impacts of the pandemic, people began reaching out wanting to learn more about homeschooling- saying they were considering it now, maybe even for the first time, but felt overwhelmed, didn’t know where to start, and / or just desired someone to walk alongside them; and thus, Still Waters Scholé was born. This is why our motto is “step into a plan- walk with community.”
Last year was a mix of veteran homeschoolers looking for a community in the midst of a more uncertain year, as well as many families exploring homeschooling for the first time. Our community is classically rooted and Charlotte Mason inspired and seeks waystofosterrestfullearningintotherhythmsofouruniquehomes. Ouraimisto come alongside home educating families who seek a Christian classical education for their children, but who desire assistance with structure, content and implementation, and value growing together in community through conversations and shared experiences. Our community currently oers three groups: Primer (PK), Lower Grammar (K- 2) and Upper Grammar(3-6th) with both local and distant learning options.
Last year we had fourteen families- some local and some non- local. We met online weekly for a tutor-led teaching called Morning Schole, where we explored and discussed truth (prayer, Bible and catechism), goodness (one virtue a term), and beauty (hymn, picture sturdy, music appreciation, poetry) in addition to sharing in a presentation time and exploring weekly memory work and literature. Upper Grammar students met additionally for book discussions throughout the term.
Many in our local community also met in person once per week for nature explorations, and once per term for a community-wide tea time, and field trips / community service. At the end of each term, our whole community met together in person and online for a Celebration of Learning to relish, delight and share in the highlights of our growth together from the previous term.
Our curriculum is classical emphasizing the seeking after truth, goodness, and beauty and the study of great, or living books. It is also history-led, meaning this informs our literature, poetry, geography and fine arts studies for the year. We rotate yearly through one of the three cycles of historical study-Ancient Civilizations, Pre-Reformation to Modern and American History. Our content has everyone in the family engaging with the same general strands of study (memory work,virtue education, geography, history, science. nature study, poetry, literature, narrations,art and music appreciation) with each appropriately scaled. This lends itself to unison throughout our community and in our homes.
While student learning is integral, we see parent-teacher education and mentorship as really being at the core, and therefore, parents meet together regularly online as well. At the beginning of each term, this year we plan to meet together virtually to plan, prepare and equip ourselves for the upcoming term, as well as one evening a week throughout the term for Parent Schole, our own structured time to further empower us as parents as we too set aside time for purposeful growth.
Although this year the schedule and oerings will change a bit, we are still eager to grow together in community as we too seek to grow in our understanding of the classical Christian liberal arts tradition and its implementations more restfully in our homes and community.
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Emily Edwards, wife to Rob, homeschooling step mama to one- age 17- and homeschooling mama to four- ages 4, 7, 9 and 11- resides in Western MA.
In 2012, she embarked upon the journey of homeschooling. It began when it was decided a dierent path was needed for her step-daughter, who at the time, was struggling with her 3rd grade public school experience. As a previous public school music teacher, and then a home-based
childcare and preschool provider, teaching and working with children has always been her passion. She accepted the challenge of homeschooling back then with the gracious support of her step daughter’s mom, and now her step-daughter, who continues to homeschool, is embarking upon her senior year of high school this year, and her family is about to begin their ninth year of homeschooling.
Emily was introduced to the classical Christian philosophy of education through a thriving local Classical Conversations community, which gave her structure, support and friendship. She has also hosted a homeschooling co-op in her home for many years that morphed in focus and participants, but continued to be a highlight of her week for many years. She began Still Waters Schole in 2020, in response to a need for dierent options due to the pandemic, and has greatly enjoyed walking alongside and spurring on other families as they too seek to implement a classical Christian education restfully in their homes and in community.
She did not travel this road alone, however. She has gleaned from so many friends and mentors from past and present, and she too continues to grow and learn as not one who has arrived, but as one who continues her own lifelong pursuit of education and sanctification alongside her children.