Over the next six weeks, I will be doing a series of posts on six simple tips homeschool moms can do to rock homeschool, to have a wonderful year.
Homeschooling Tip 1: A Clear Vision
Moms can struggle with homeschooling their children, if they do not have a clear vision. When you have a clear vision, it is easier to guide your children along your homeschool path. You might ask, "How does one get a clear vision for their homeschool journey?
Three Activities to Help You Clarify Your Homeschool Vision
1. Study, Pray, and Write Your Homeschool Why
Take some time and consider this, if you do not know where you are going, how will you know when you get there? I encourage you to prayerfully read the scriptures and write down why you are home schooling. Keep that written in a journal or even a composition book. There will be good days, many of them. There will be hard days too. You will need to revisit your why. It will help you keep clear on your purpose and help you stay the course.
2. What is Important to You?
Are seat time and paper trails important to you or is your child's progress important to you?
Which is more important?
1. Numbers of hours, pages, work sheets you do each day?
2. What your children learn and how they progress?
These can seem like silly questions. Let’s say you buy a curriculum and your children finish it in half the time. Do you decide to spend the rest of the school year learning other things and taking field trips, or do you buy the next year's curriculum? What if your child takes longer to work through the curriculum, do you feel behind? So, be really clear. Is seat time and paper trail your aim or is learning and progress your aim? If it is filling time and a paper trail, you may end up purchasing another year's curriculum. If it is learning and progress, you will not feel behind if it takes longer and if they move faster, then you can explore and progress in other areas. Get clear and write this down too. Because it is easier to decide when you are not in the belly of the challenge than when you are.
3. What is your Destination?"
Once you have your why and what is important to you, consider your destination. If you do not know where you are going, how will you know when you have arrived? If you do not know where you want to go with home education, then any path will do. Is your vision to just provide academic education to prepare for college? Are you trying to build character? Is it important to you that they be prepared to run a home? When your children become adults and leave your home for adult life, what do you envision they will be like? In tough situations, will they be the ones their peers look up to? Will they have what it takes to make wise choices, care for a home, or be graceful and gracious in their dealings with others?
In the weeks that will follow, we will talk about this vision of the future, assessing where you are, considering what you will do to help make this happen, then we will talk about some family traditions and ways that can help your journey, discuss mom's needs, and also record keeping.
Stay tuned, do the above exercises, and above all--
Enjoy the journey!
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