Hello Friends! Today, we have a guest post from Maria Miller from East Willow Place. Maria writes thoughtful encouragement, delicious recipes, parenting help, home school ideas, and more at her home on the internet.
With my crew of eight littles ages 11 through 2 years, each day is always very interesting.
Time doesn’t seem to flow around here – it moves in blurbs and dashes, sometimes with a big splotch for emphasis, like Morse Code mixed with a Jackson Pollack.
Which leaves me often desperate for some kind of analyst to tell me what’s really going on here, to interpret the big picture, because I can easily lose focus and forget what the main point is.
What am I talking about again? Oh, right. Home schooling.
I believe that home school can be satisfying, fulfilling, and (gasp) even enjoyable – for you and your kids.
For me right now, here’s the (short) list:
- Character Development (the most important, hence the last one)
There we have it, folks. Otherwise known as “The Three ‘R’s” (apparently people couldn’t spell well back in the day, probably because they didn’t have Google or spell check) combined with intentional, godly parenting.
I feel like sighing with relief every time I remember this list.
It makes me glad I home school.
Because educating your kids at home shouldn’t be a heavy, oppressive burden. It’s just easy to make it that way. We have a choice to make it better – for ourselves and our kids.
Also, think about the things that might be on your “required” list for homeschooling which may not be a true requirement.
Guilt or comparison or tradition are terrible reasons for any scholastic pursuit, even if it seems fun or “educational” or “encourages creativity” or is guaranteed to assure your child a spot in an swanky university in ten years.
Be honest. If something is starting to feel like you’re including it in your school day without a good reason, I’d suggest taking a hard look at why it’s there.
If it’s draining you or your child and creating a time-vacuum that wreaks havoc on the rest of your day, or if your other children and responsibilities are suffering, drop that sucker like a hot potato.
(Which reminds me, what’s for dinner? Potatoes?)
For me, a lot of extra subjects, big projects, and in-depth studies for my kids at their young age is only going stress me and them out, create a lot of mess in my home very full of little humans, and stress me out. (I get stressed twice when the occasion calls for it.)
Home school should really be about a healthy way of incorporating education into the home life you have, not enforcing a rigid school-at-home.
In upcoming posts I will elaborate on each of these “Basics” and what I actually do to include them in my (home school) day. In the meantime, take heart:
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. -(2 Peter 1:3)
This includes raising and teaching your kids. So take a moment to thank Him for this incredible gift!
You got this. I’m here cheering you on!
Thank you, Maria, for sharing your wisdom!
Go read more and be encouraged and inspired to make your best days even better!