Homeschooling is not an easy choice, and it is not for everyone. It is a decision, a commitment, and a life-changing challenge. It was pretty unnerving to make this choice, and when I came across the poet Robert Frost’s words, it was as if I had my answer and the journey began.
"I am not a teacher, but an awakener."
Take some time to write down your educational goals for each child, both short and long-term goals. These goals are as individual and unique as each child. For example, this year might be the year to focus on improving your seven year old son’s handwriting, or having him read more aloud to you instead of you doing all of the reading aloud. These are specific goals for him. Other goals for this year might be related more towards his spiritual education, focusing on Bible verse memorization or participation in your church’s youth educational program.
While these are all good yearly goals for a child’s education, you also need to remember to keep an eye on the big picture of your child’s total education. By the time they complete high school, perhaps you would like for them to have excellent communication skills, or be ready to apply to a college that can help them continue their education or training.
In engineering, there is a saying that if you will tell me the answer, I’ll back into the problem. In other words, if you know what you would like the finished product to look and act like, just take some time and you will soon be able to back into the steps that you need to undertake during their education to achieve this goal. While you are at it, try to develop a few goals for yourself, ones that will help YOU stretch and grow in areas of interest.
Here’s an article that I wrote about the importance of taking care of ourselves – hope it helps YOU:
Join me next Tuesday here on the TOS Front Porch for some lemonade and a new topic to encourage you!
Until next time,