Hey there! I’m Julie H. Ross, creator of A Gentle Feast.
I’ve been teaching for almost two decades in various educational settings including public elementary school, private Christian school, and a university model homeschool academy. I was the co-founder of two of those schools utilizing my expertise in curriculum and organizational leadership. I created the scopes and sequences for these schools and created my own original curriculum for several classes. I have a B.S. in Elementary Education from Penn State University.
I created a Gentle Feast because it is what I wish I had when I first started out homeschooling back in 2009. I had read “For the Children’s Sake” by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay when I was still teaching public school. I remember grieving because I wanted to provide this rich education for my students but was unable to do so in the constraints of the school system. When I started homeschooling my own children, I remembered this book and searched for how to create that learning environment in our home. I was overwhelmed with the different homeschooling options out there. I longed for a guide that would show me how to create a homeschool rooted in Charlotte Mason’s methods and philosophies that was user friendly and family centered. I couldn’t find anything that fit my family and ended up spending hours trying to piecemeal a plan together. I had three kids under the age of three while trying to homeschool two elementary children, and it all was too overwhelming. I ended up quickly burning out. I wish I’d had a guide like this to get started. Following A Gentle Feast has breathed life and beauty into our homeschool. It has been a night and day difference. I took the plans I used for my own family and packaged them to share with others. I wanted other homeschooling parents to find the freedom and peace I found in implementing Charlotte Mason’s methods and philosophy in our home.
When I’m not busy homeschooling, doing laundry, or reading, I can be found painting Goodwill furniture or buying more books on Amazon. I love Jesus, my 5 kids, and wasting countless hours researching on Google. I love Mexican food and chia tea lattes. I’m a Charlotte Mason geek and will discuss educational philosophy with anyone who will listen.
Thank you for taking the time to check out A Gentle Feast.
Be sure to check out my podcast, The Charlotte Mason Show on homeschooling.mom!
I am always available to answer questions at [email protected]