Cardinal Alternative Learning

Infinitely Tweakable Education. Because Learning is a Dynamic Process.


“Learning, just like balance, is a dynamic process.  You can’t judge results by any one moment; whatever’s happening in that moment, you can adjust for it in the next.  Whatever a particular day looks like, what I want is to be able to look back over the weeks and years with satisfaction, to see an overall pattern of good work enjoyed, skills and character developed, and relationships built.”

We’re tip-toeing into this homeschooling adventure with a young child who loves to learn and create.  I find parts of Charlotte Mason and unschooling compelling, but ultimately I feel pretty practical.  Does it work for our family?  So far we’re pretty eclectic and relaxed-with-a-routine.  We want to focus on joy in learning rather than timelines; on relationships rather than “socialization”; on inspiration and rhythm rather than gritted teeth.

We like:

  • Good books, paper and audio, mostly from the library
  • Short, fun lessons in the basic 3Rs stuff
  • A general sense of interesting topics (history, science, logic, languages, etc.) to explore over the day, week, or month – brain food!
  • Lots of time for plain old playing, family life, community involvement, and following interests

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
William Butler Yeats


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