Core Phase Priorities & Learning Goals {Ages 0-7/8}

Beautiful vase of roses representing how small children need to be tenderly pruned in order to flourish and reach their full potential.

We are a TJEd family. Or rather, the educational philosophy we most identify with is Thomas Jefferson Education {Leadership Education}, and it informs much of the WHY, WHEN, and HOW of our homeschool. Charlotte Mason has also been highly influential, especially in the area of WHAT we teach and sometimes the HOW, but right now while the kids are all in Core Phase we haven’t ventured into CM academics very much.

I will do a post soon with a {hopefully} brief run through of the TJEd Phases of Learning and the ins and outs of homeschooling this way, but for now, this graphic from the TJEd website explains pretty concisely what we are aiming for in order to cultivate a culture of self-education and love of learning in our home.

TJEd 7 keys of great teaching infographic

Today’s post is specifically about the Core phase of learning and what we as a family have taken to be the priorities and goals of this phase.  Both TJEd and Charlotte Mason agree that the first 7 or so years of a child’s life are to be protected from too many outside influences, and that the child should learn through lots of time spent outside, and not from academic pursuits.

“IN THIS TIME OF EXTRAORDINARY PRESSURE, EDUCATIONAL AND SOCIAL, PERHAPS A MOTHER’S FIRST DUTY TO HER CHILDREN IS TO SECURE FOR THEM A QUIET AND GROWING TIME, A FULL SIX YEARS OF PASSIVE RECEPTIVE LIFE, THE WAKING PART OF IT FOR THE MOST PART SPENT OUT IN THE FRESH AIR.”
“…MY OBJECT IS TO SHOW THAT THE CHIEF FUNCTION OF THE CHILD–HIS BUSINESS IN THE WORLD DURING THE FIRST SIX OR SEVEN YEARS OF HIS LIFE–IS TO FIND OUT ALL HE CAN, ABOUT WHATEVER COMES UNDER HIS NOTICE, BY MEANS OF HIS FIVE SENSES…”

Priorities

The priorities we have during Core Phase are simple and completely child-led. My job as mom is to keep our home free from distractions and clutter, model the love of learning I want my children to emulate, and to introduce them to beauty through books, nature, history, and relationships.

Specifically, we prioritize our time with:

  • Nature Study or Exploration
  • Read Alouds
  • Open-ended Play
  • Open-ended Art
  • Handicrafts

Learning Goals

Our learning goals are what we would like our children to know, understand, or have mastered by the end of Core Phase.  Although as you’ll see from most of this list, core phase is something that we continue to work on and support for the rest of our lives, and the skills here are the basis for a happy life, even in adulthood.

Specifically, by the age of 8, we would like our children to have:

  • Knowledge of God
  • Love of Family
  • Basic self-care
  • Respect for others
  • Mastery of fine motor skills
  • Cooperation
  • Patience/sharing
  • Manners
  • Sharing
  • Finishing what they start
  • Understanding Right vs Wrong
  • Understanding Good vs Bad

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