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Home schooling isn’t easy. But it’s a privilege I wouldn’t trade for an easy day.There are so many variables, so many choices and so many different ways to approach homeschooling that I could easily get overwhelmed and off-track if I didn’t maintain a clearly defined purpose.
Choosing the right materials and activities can become a daunting task. There is just so much available, each choice with it’s own agenda (or, can I say, purpose?) It’s easy to choose materials based on what others are using, or based on what yields high test scores. But test scores are not my purpose. (My 13 year old actually just took her first test this semester. She did fine by the way.) One of my purposes for home schooling is to train my children in the way they should go, in keeping with their individual gifts and bents. (Proverbs 22:6, Amplified Bible). When I remember this it gives me the freedom to opt out of some of the things other home schoolers might be doing and to take the time to do the things that compliment and nurture the person my child was created to be.
Another purpose for our homeschooling is to foster close relationships in our family. I need to be careful not the let the schedule and the books get in the way of that. It’s easy to get caught up in the details of the day, and the rigors of the schedule. But if I remember my purpose, I will keep my frustrations in perspective and focus on doing the things that build relationships.
In keeping with my purpose of building strong family relationships, It’s important to me to never let homeschooling come between my husband and me. I always include him in my decision making, asking his opinion and sharing mine. I try not to allow school planning to sneak into our personal time or family time. Home schooling is a vehicle that gets me to my purpose. I have to remember that and not sacrifice my true priorities on the altar of homeschooling.
Finally, we homeschool for the purpose of leading our children to Christ. It’s amazing how many people I know who homeschool for the very same reason yet somehow, we still manage to let the academics take over, making discipleship an afterthought. I don’t ever want to look back and see that we’ve slipped into that fog of following the scope and sequence at the expense of godly discipleship.
So, why do you homeschool? What purpose-targeted decisions can you make today?
purposefully home schooling, by the grace of God
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