Back to Square One

What is square one in education? What is the foundation upon which all education is built? Reading.

Read to your children today and every day. Prayerfully consider these thoughts on books and reading…

A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors ~ Henry Ward Beecher ~

A library is a hospital for the mind. ~ Anonymous ~

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. ~ Joseph Addison  ~

The  failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency– the belief that the here and now is all there is.  ~ Allan Bloom  ~

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. ~ Emilie Buchwald ~

There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.  ~ Mary Ellen Chase ~

Happy is he who has laid up in his youth, and held fast in all fortune, a genuine and passionate love of reading.
~ Rufus Choate ~

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island. ~ Walt Disney ~

When  I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes. ~ Desiderius Erasmus 1466-1536 ~

Read in order to live. ~ Gustave Flaubert ~

The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn’t know how to read. ~ Benjamin Franklin ~

When I discovered libraries, it was like having Christmas every day. ~ Jean Fritz ~

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. ~ W. Fusselman ~

Be as careful of the books you read, as of the company you keep, for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as the latter. ~ Paxton Hood~

What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it feels about education. ~ Harold Howe ~
Professor Emeritus at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a former U.S. Commissioner of Education

The end of reading is not more books but more life. ~ George Holbrook Jackson ~

Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind. ~ James Russell Lowell  ~

The pleasure of reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books. ~ Katherine Mansfield ~

Books, to the reading child, are so much more than books — they are dreams and knowledge, they are a future, and a past. ~ Esther Meynell ~

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
~ Dr. Seuss ~

Choose an author as you choose a friend. ~ Sir Christopher Wren ~

Books are truly the foundation of all education. If you’re using a homeschool curriculum that isn’t built around great living books- consider changing. Anything other than books is merely a hollow substitute for real learning.

Apart from whatever else you’re doing in your homeschool classroom today- set aside time to read. There’s no such thing as “too much” reading. Read long and read often.

Discuss these verses with your children…

1 Timothy 4:13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.

Jeremiah 30:2 This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you.

Joshua 8:34 Afterward, Joshua read all the words of the law—the blessings and the curses—just as it is written in the Book of the Law.


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