Wednesday, December 26, 2012

When It’s Time for a Change: What Are the Clues?

How do you know when it’s time to get new shoes for your children? When they complain that their feet hurt when they wear their shoes. How about new clothes? How do you know when it’s time to replace the old ones? When their clothes just don’t fit anymore—sleeves too short, shirts not long enough. How about replacing their bikes? When their knees hit the handlebar and their legs are just too long.

In other words, when something doesn't fit or they outgrow it, you replace it. You know when its time for a change by taking note of the visual or audible cues. You don’t make them wear shoes that don’t fit—you change them, without giving it another thought.

Curriculum should be treated the same way, but so often we stay the course simply because we've made the investment and it is easier than trying something different. This is the time of year that so many people have approached me with the same question, asking “When is it a good time to change the way we homeschool? The kids hate what we are doing, and so do I.”

Why don’t they like it?

It’s boring.
There are too many papers to grade.
Kids hate the books.
Moms hate the daily struggles and battles.

Don’t kill the joy of learning for these young minds. If you are getting clues that it is time to make a change, pray about the possibilities. Ask questions. Try a unit study. Photography? Cartooning? Pizza? Just one. Textbooks and workbooks and naysayers will always be there.

It is possible to store the mind with a million facts
and still be entirely uneducated.
—Alec Bourne

Go take a peek over at our Specials page to see today’s 12 Days of Christmas specials. We have made the prices very low to make change affordable and within reach. Go ahead! And then come back and let me know what scares you most about change. What are YOUR questions? I’m here to help!


Amanda B.

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