As many of you are preparing to begin your school year this week, or for those who have already been plugging away for a few weeks, I want to share some of the top things that I learned from 31 years of homeschooling.
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Below are some of my most popular homeschooling posts and the tips from each post. Feel free to click the links for more in-depth encouragement on any of the points.
I hope that somewhere in this long list, you will find some tidbits that will encourage and bless you, while also reminding you of what really matters in this new homeschool year.
1. Homeschooling showed me my need for God on a DAILY basis.
2. Homeschooling was something that God used to mold MY character.
3. Homeschooling is more about winning the hearts of our children, than academics.
1. Find a friend to encourage you.
2. Get and stay organized.
3. Always inspect what you assign.
4. Be fully present.
5. Remember that academics aren’t the most important thing.
1.The best teacher God can provide for your kids is YOU, his parent
2. The most important thing you can do is win your child’s heart.
3. Give priorities first place in your day.
4. You CAN do it!
5. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
6. You can’t do it all.
7. We ALL have bad days.
8. Homeschooling is more about discipling and preparing children for life than it is about academics.
1. Probably THE most important thing I heard in my first year of homeschooling was that CHARACTER training was more important than the academics.
2. Everything our kids learn from kindergarten through grade 12, is only FOUR years of material.
3. I realized that not all my kids learned the same way, or at the same speed.
4. I taught my kids to be independent learners at a young age, and how to find answers.
5. The best planned days often don’t go as planned at all.
6. Sometimes you need to put a subject, or a topic from that subject aside,and come back to it later.
7. When I’m in too big of a hurry to spend time with God, things start coming apart.
8. A loose schedule but a regular routine makes a huge difference.
9. There will be days when you feel overwhelmed, and want to quit.
10. Don’t compare!
1. Keep your spirit right.
2. Get things organized
3. Have self-discipline
4. Let it go to voice mail.
5. Have a routine or schedule for everyone.
6. Remember your priorities
7. Don’t let academics come before relationship.
1. I would take better care of myself.
2. I would stress much less about WHEN a child “got” it with reading, or math.
3. I would focus less on making sure the rules were being obeyed, and more on building the relationship that would make them WANT to obey those rules!
WHICH OF THESE DO YOU THINK ARE MOST IMPORTANT? My personal favorite: When I’m in too big of a hurry to spend time with God, things start coming apart.