I am taking part in a “Back To Homeschool” blog hop. Each of the 50+ bloggers is going to be writing a series of posts which we all hope will encourage you as you return to a more structured, more planned routine. At least, for most of us. As our family embarked upon the homeschooling journey just over a year ago, we were uninformed. That wasn’t a bad thing but I did a lot of reading and got encouragement from lots of folks. As we head “Back to Homeschooling,” I want to share a few thoughts with you about what you need to educate your children, whether you do full fledged home education or work with them after they spend a day at public or private schools. And they are not things you can buy.
1. Prayer – You need to pray for God’s guidance for you as you encourage and lead your children. You need to pray for the choices you make and the choices they make. Prayer will give you peace and comfort on the days that you wonder what in the world you were thinking. (We ALL have those days!) Prayer allows God to shower you with blessings. Ask others to pray for you. Pray for others who are striving to be godly parents. We all need prayer and bringing our petitions before God allows Him to bestow whatever blessings he wants to on us.2. Support – There are a million different ways to get support but you do need some. If you have the support of your families, as we do, you are blessed! If you don’t, find someone like minded that can be a support for you – from church, from your friends, from a group (there are bundles online if you don’t have one in your town or if you live in a rural area). Support is what keeps you going when you just get worn down or hit a wall with something. 3. Love – This goes a long way and helps us through the most difficult of days. Yes, I mean love for your children, but also, love for your spouse, your supporters, yourself. There are so many opportunities in the education of our children to second guess ourselves and beat ourselves up over choices we make. We need to love ourselves and our children enough to remember that we are doing the best we can. We need to love to God enough to know that He is all we need. Love allows us to move past those frustrations and moments when you just don’t think you can go on. If you have an active prayer life, God’s guidance will help you through that and strengthen your love. 4. A Plan – Embarking on a journey, you have to have a plan. A plan for which direction to go, even if you don’t know the exact point of your destination. The same is true for the journey of educating your children. Our family does not have a formal educational philosophy or a major plan lined out for the giggly girls. We do have a plan that is doable, though. We plan to show them God in as many ways and things as we can. We plan to educate them so that they will grow up to show God’s love to those around them. We plan to love the dickens out of them for as long as we can. We plan to do our best by them. And, yes, I do actually plan the lessons for the girls. There are some that have every day planned out for the next year. That is SOOOOO not me! But I do have a plan for what we are going to cover, what I would like for them to work on each day of the week, and those plans are important, too. But what I really want to encourage you to do is to know WHY you are educating your children the way you have chosen and to know that you have searched God’s plan, the Bible, and are seeking His will in your life and for the lives of your children.5. Flexibility – Yea, I know it kind of goes against what I just wrote above but the two can go hand-in-hand. In education, as in life, sometimes you have to go with the flow. Sometimes, things don’t work out like you want them to and sometimes you have to change course in the middle of it all. This is especially true, but one of the major benefits of home education, when you have a kiddo that just isn’t jiving with the chosen curriculum. You can scrap what you have been working on and find something that works better. And sometimes you have to do this several times. (Isn’t that reminiscent of the real world and working at a paying job, though? It doesn’t work so you change something and try something new to see if it will work.) We have done this – most often with math and we are still looking for a program that we will love long-term. But, it is all okay because we are still moving forward.
I hope this gives you a bit of encouragement as you embark on a new year – whether you homeschool or your children attend a public or private school. May you have a blessed year! At Home.
Back to Homeschool Blog Hop is a collaborative effort with the TOS Review Crew. I would love for you to visit some of my friends’ blogs this week to see what they have to share with you.
Dawn @ Double O Farms
Tess @ Circling Through This Life
Lisa Marie @ The Canadian Homeschooler
Lexi @ Lextin Academy
Karen @ My Harbor Lights
Jen @ Happy Little Homemaker
Joanie @ Simple Living Mama
Lisa @ Home to 4 Kiddos
Want even more amazing content to help you gear up for the year? There are over 50 bloggers participating in the blog hop this week. Click on the graphic below to find them all. You can also enter a giveaway for more than $1300 in prizes.