How Everyday Education Began

The very first Everyday Education website was created early in 2001 after I (Janice Campbell) wrote Transcripts Made Easy. I was looking for a hands-on assignment to challenge one of my computer-oriented sons, so I asked him to create a webpage where I could post articles and sell my book. He jumped right in and created Everyday Education, the homeschooling site we have built upon and used ever since. Here's a screenshot of what it looked in 2001. 

The Everyday Education website in 2001.



Having the site available encouraged me to write more regularly, which was one of my primary goals. It also caused me to seriously consider what this fledgling business would be about. As it developed, most of my work has centered on reading, writing (including penmanship), great literature, homeschooling, and cultivating creativity and virtue in an ordinary life, and those things, along with soul care, remain central to the Everyday Education mission.

The five quotes in the image above were central to the way I approached education with my boys, and they continue to inform my work (along with many others — I've been commonplacing quotes ever since my teens). I'm grateful for the privilege of encouraging and equipping homeschooling families through this website, my blog at DoingWhatMatters.com, and the Excellence in Literature resource site, as well as at homeschool conferences across the country (and even in China!). 

My biggest project so far has been the Excellence in Literature curriculum for grades 8-12, but we've also republished some vintage McGuffey Readers, the Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting book, and other things that seemed worthy of remembering. We carry almost all the living books published by Living Book Press in Australia, as they are creating excellent editions at very affordable prices. 

In 2005, Everyday Education became a sole proprietorship, and in 2008, it became “Everyday Education, LLC,” a limited liability company. We remain small and family owned and operated, so if you contact us, you are likely to hear from me or my husband, Donald. We have chosen to remain small so that we can remain in touch with readers. We hope that you will enjoy doing business with us.

Our family, Thanksgiving 2019 
“The true University of these days is a Collection of Books.
(Thomas Carlyle 1795-1881)

“I educate, not by lessons, but by going about my business.”
(Socrates 470?-399 B.C.) 
“Knowledge is a comfortable and necessary retreat and shelter for us in an advanced age; and if we do not plant it while young, it will give us no shade when we grow old.”
(Lord Chesterfield 1694-1773)
 
Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind. (Plato 427?-347 B.C.) 
“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance!”
(Attributed to Derek Bok, former Harvard University President)