The Lord has allowed me to homeschool my two wonderful kids for seven years now. It is such a blessing to be able to homeschool, but it does have its challenges too! I thank the Lord for what he has taught me and I thought I might share a few of those things.
Be Consistent: It’s important to start school the same time every day and to stick to a schedule as much as possible. We travel a lot as missionaries. I have had a hard time finding the right balance because of our schedule, but school is a top priority no matter where we are. I always try to keep the mornings free for school. This means that everything else has to be done in the afternoons and sometimes I have to say “no” to things I’d like to do. We do all doctor appointments, shopping, etc., after school. It’s important to keep our kids on schedule and teach them to be consistent when they grow up. Of course, there is a balance between being too rigid and too flexible!
Be Committed: Honestly, there are times when I feel like putting my kids in school! I’m glad that those feelings don’t last too long. God led us to homeschool and we’ve made a commitment to do that no matter what my “feelings” are on certain days. It’s important for our kids to know we are committed to giving them the best education we can. Sometimes we’ve had to reevaluate our curriculum. For instance, I was spending a lot of time on math with my daughter two years ago. We were both so frustrated. We changed to a curriculum that is CD ROM (Teaching Textbooks) and it has helped us so much. Also, I remember trying to teach my son to read. I thought he would never learn! Now he is an excellent reader. Mom’s – don’t give up! Your commitment will pay off in the lives of your children (we just may not see it in every way yet)!
Be Creative: My son does not sit still very well, so sometimes he learns better with games. We sometimes play store to learnabout money. When he was little, a friend gave me a great idea for teaching him his blends. He had a big rug in his room with streets and a town on it. He would get a matchbox car and I would make cards of his reading blends and put them down as road blocks. When he got through all the road blocks he would get a treat. It helped him a lot with his reading. There are so many tools now for homeschoolers and sometimes kids learn the best when they can get away from their desk.
Be Cheerful: Wow, this is a hard one for me at times! Proverbs 15:13 says “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” I know that my attitude affects my children’s attitude. If I am frustrated while I’m teaching them then they will get easily frustrated.
I pray that these few things are a blessing and help. I think that the main thing for me, as a christian, is my kids character. I pray that they will grow up to bring glory and honor to the Lord. Moms – keep up the great work!