Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Keeping it simple

Homeschooling is a very rewarding and honorable choice for educating your children, but it isn't always a bed of roses. There are days when your child(ren) doesn't respond like they should, days when you feel terrible, days when nothing seems to work right, days when you just can't get across a concept...even though you have tried 500 other times! Yes, there are times when even the most long term homeschoolers just want to quit. But the decision to homeschool must be rooted deeper than just a surface desire. If homeschooling is a deeper heart issue with you, then facing the days when homeschooling isn't the at the top of your list...won't be the end of the world.

Keep your homeschooling endeavor simple. You don't HAVE to be teaching your child advanced classes. If your child is struggling with something go back and start over. If your child is doing great with a course - let them go - let them satiate their hunger for more. Go with what feels right - and keep it simple!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Raising Responsible Children

Homeschooling is by nature - different. So naturally, we would understand that the product it produces is different. Oh.... am I so glad of that. The school system is producing young people that are... well, down right scary! They are so confused about everything from education to who they are... I am seriously concerned about our future.

The homeschooled students that I am acquainted with tend to be mature, responsible, and respectful. In fact, they are so nice that you just enjoy being around them! So, in my experience - homeschooling produces really great kids! But why? What is so different about homeschooling that changes how these children turn out? It's simple really. Homeschooling removes the peer pressure, and the student is left to focus on school, family, and developing themselves according to their individual gifts. The homeschooled student doesn't have to have the right clothes, the right shoes, look perfect, do cool things (like drugs and sex), and act tough just to feel accepted. They are loved and accepted by those around them, just because of who they are... part of the family!