To understand the importance of heritage, we must first make sure we’re all working with the same definition. In regards to heritage, the Bible says, “Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him” (Psalm 127:3, NIV). Dictonary.com defines it as “something that is handed down from the past, as a tradition;” “something that comes or belongs to one by reason of birth; an inherited lot or portion;” or “something reserved for one.” The tone is one of joy and sacredness; a passing of something treasured and valuable.
Amber O’Neal Johnston didn’t always recognize the importance of heritage. In fact, it took a troubling experience with her daughter for Amber to open her eyes to the special heritage she could be passing down; it was an experience that made her pivot in her homeschool. This pivot has become a gift to all of us, merging the beloved Charlotte Mason philosophy with ideas, books, and resources that breathe life into our particular families by embracing each of our unique heritage while making room for and honoring the heritages of others.
Join us today as Amber and I explore the benefits of weaving heritage into our homeschool studies.
In this episode you’ll hear:
- Amber’s experience with her daughter concerning skin color
- How the Charlotte Mason philosophy allows you freedom for adaptation
- Why heritage matters in our homeschool
- How to help your child know where they fit in the tapestry of people
- The benefits of being intentional in our curriculum choices
- How to begin making small changes in your homeschool
- Why picture books are a great low-hanging fruit
- What embracing different heritages has to do with Outside-the-Box children
- Why life-giving books don’t always have to be “living books”
- Why our kids need both mirrors and windows in their life
- How you can find Amber and her fantastic resources online