Homeschooling is a wonderful opportunity to teach and train not only our kids’ minds, but also their hearts. Often though, we get so busy and caught up with things, that we forget some important things which every homeschooler needs to remember.
Here are 8 things we must remember as we home school our children:
1. Regardless of how qualified you may or may not feel, the best teacher God can provide for your kids is YOU, his parent. Regardless of how qualified you may or may not feel, the best teacher God can provide for your kids is YOU, his parent.
As a parent, we know them best, and we love them more than any teacher would. We can evaluate their work based on their abilities, and assess it based on their effort, not their intelligence.
We know them well enough to know if they are really trying. We can challenge them at their level, but without unnecessary frustration.
2. The most important thing you can do is win your child’s heart.
When you have their heart, you are able to pour into them the truths that God is teaching you. It also gives you a place of valuable opportunity to influence not just what they do, but who they are.
3. Give priorities first place in your day.
God’s Word shows us what our priorities should be as parents. In II Peter 1:5 it says, “….add to your faith virtue (or character); and to virtue knowledge.”
Start your day pointing them to God and His Word, and then train them in character. Training them in godly character is much more important than teaching them academics. The academics are important, but character is what will make a difference in their life. Wisdom is the principal thing, not knowledge.
4. You CAN do it!
We all have times where we wonder if we are giving our kids what they need academically, or how we will get through the challenging high school subjects. The KEY is we can do it THROUGH the strength of Christ.
Daily time alone with Christ is essential! Without His help, we will struggle.
5. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
As homeschooling parents, we tend to take our responsibility very seriously, and we should. But at the same time it’s important to lighten up, and ENJOY the journey. Read together, go to the park, laugh and have fun.
When things are stressful, and a child or a subject is frustrating you, switch things up, change your focus for the time and do something different, that will be fun. Don’t sacrifice the relationship because of a stand off with a subject.
6. You can’t do it all.
It’s so easy to get way too busy with all the wonderful opportunities we want to give our children. However, if we have every day overbooked with activity and rushing about, it leads to fatigue and eventually burnout.
There is a limit to our physical energy, so it’s important to make wise choices about how we will use our time. Ask God what HE wants for your family, and make decisions based on His leading, rather than on what you see other homeschooling families doing. We are not all created equal, and God calls each of us to different things.
7. We ALL have bad days.
Not all of us want to admit that, and we usually don’t want to talk about it, but it’s part of the package. Kids get sick, moms get sick, kids have bad attitudes, etc. Some days will be GREAT, you will love what you are doing, and be so glad God called you to teach your kids at home. Other days you will wonder what in the world possessed you to ever keep them home! Don’t let the bad days get you down.
8. Homeschooling is more about discipling and preparing children for life than it is about academics.
There are definite academic advantages, but the true value of homeschooling comes in the spiritual and Biblical values that we are able to impart.
What would you add to this list of things we need to remember as homeschooling parents?