Beloved is rooted in the conviction that education must be a careful and measured response to the truth that each child is beloved by God. Such a sacred charge requires an approach that brings the best before a child in the form of a “living” education.
Based upon the work of educational philosopher Charlotte Mason, Beloved brings a timeless method of education that nourishes the heart and mind.
Beloved students engage in work that is meaningful and worthwhile- exploring, pondering, painting, singing, reciting, calculating, sculpting, reading, discussing, role-playing and writing.
A living education is an education based on earnest and personal relationships- relations to God, self, others, knowledge and skills. It brings the best before a child- the best in every aspect of creation and culture.
“Let all the thought we offer our children be living thought; no mere dry summaries of facts will do; given the vitalizing idea children will readily hang the mere facts upon the idea.”
Beloved is located on a woodsy one acre just outside of Sunriver. It consists of a sunny indoor classroom space and art studio. Out-of-doors is a large play area with climbing structures, play kitchen, digging patch, sand box, stumps and logs for climbing and play adventures, and a stage for play-acting and more formal productions.
I am blessed with a wonderful husband and four children, ages 21, 17, 7 and 2. I moved to Bend in 2016 from Portland and am overjoyed to be here, living every day in such beauty and peace. I spend my days homeschooling, cooking, teaching art, reading and spending time in nature. In the winter of 2018 we purchased a home on one acre just outside of Sunriver. This is the location of Beloved.
Beloved has been developing in my heart for over 20 years. I first began working with children 24 years ago as an assistant in a preschool classroom. I felt drawn to teaching and so pursued my BA in Child and Family Studies and then a MA in Education. Throughout the years I have worked in a variety of roles and settings serving children such as a classroom teacher, a curriculum/programs developer for several art and science museums and studios for children, a children’s ministry pastor and leader, and since moving to Bend, an art teacher at a local charter school for homeschooled children.