Amy at Raising Arrows has some great advice on creating a lifestyle of learning for children:
- Put God’s Word first before everything
- Very little textbook learning
- Dialogue, dialogue, dialogue
Get the whole scoop: http://www.raisingarrows.net/2010/08/creating-a-lifestyle-of-learning-my-definition/
That said, I must admit that my two high-school children seem to thrive better when we use textbooks than when we use a selection of living books. They like having a basic overview given and then being able to delve deeper into topics of interest if they so choose.
The focus on dialogue reminds me of what R.C. Sproul says in When You Rise Up: A Covenantal Approach to Homeschooling:
Here is how God wants us to educate our children — he wants us to talk to them.
Our children will adopt a Christian worldview as we talk to them about God and how he relates to everything. That’s how we raise up godly seed.