If you think Homeschooling is just about trying to give your children an awesome education and having time to explore their God-given talents, think again! It really is about so much more. In fact, the education piece might just be the easiest part.
Here are 5 things that I learned thus far from our homeschooling journey:
1. Consistency – It starts with me. I need to get up on time and get the day started with prayer and exercise. I need to keep people on task and keep the schedule of our day flowing. Not that we don’t all need breaks, we do, but I need to be consistent with the fact that our breaks don’t become a normal part of the routine.
2. A Labor of Love – looking at and researching curriculum is fun, planning field trips and other extra curricular things are fun too. It’s the day to day grind that can be a challenge. Let’s be honest, it’s so much easier to noodle around on the computer looking for the perfect math program than it is to sit down with a reluctant learner and go through those flash cards. The whining and complaining (which may not be all from my child!) is a test of patience for sure.
3. Perseverance – If a math problem is too hard, we can’t just ignore it and hope it will be understood next year with a different teacher. Sure, we can shelve it for a few weeks, but we still need to return to the material and make sure it has been mastered. The buck stops here.
4. Homeschooling doesn’t magically create perfect children – Just the mere fact of homeschooling alone doesn’t produce well-behaved or well educated children. Similarly sending your child off to school in no way means he or she will turn into a delinquent! But homeschooling allows us the opportunity to be with our children all day to observe interactions with siblings and friends, to work on the heart issues right along with the workbook issues.
5. I can’t do it all – This varies for everyone, but homeschooling has taught me some limits. Running a somewhat orderly home, with predictable mealtimes and clean clothes in the drawers means I need to spend a majority of my week actually at home. While there are a good many enriching activities the children could be involved in, when I’m out running to and fro, the housekeeping fairy isn’t doing laundry and getting groceries.
There is no question that homeschooling has been the most challenge and yet completely rewarding adventure our family has embarked on. I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to be with our children as we all grow both spiritually and academically.
What has homeschooling taught you?
Jen is a wife to one amazing husband and mom to six energetic kids. Visit Forever, For Always, No Matter What where she blogs about their Catholic faith, homeschooling and adoption.