Thursday, August 30, 2012

Views from My Rearview Mirror - Part Two

When we made the decision to homeschool, we were considered to be very “different” and unconventional, by both family and neighbors alike. Things are a bit easier in that department these days. Thankfully, we had an exciting time of exploration and adventure, and there isn’t much that we would change if we had it to do all over again. The changes might come along these lines:

1.    Have more individualized focus on each child, they are so very different and unique.

2.    Focus more on the child, not the “information they need to know” kinds of lists.

3.    Expand the family’s horizons—as individuals and as a family.

4.    Listen more, talk less—avoiding the “transmit only” mode.

5.    Encourage more often, instead of being judgmental or comparative.

6.    Keep reminding ourselves that they are learning by watching what we do more than what we say.
Remember, homeschooling is not just about learning academic material. It is about opening the envelope of each child’s imagination with wonder and awe—feeding their desire to learn more, to investigate, to discover and pursue their unique God-given gifts and talents. Enjoy these days!

Looking back now, what one change would you have made last year that might have helped?


Amanda B.

PS - Did you miss it?  Read Part One now.

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