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thehomeschooleducator-brelinskyville's podcast

Nov 26, 2018

Weighted against your nephew's perfect test scores and your sister's immaculate house, your home schooling household may leave you feeling less than successful. But God's blessings are there in the midst of the chaos, dirty dishes and math lessons.

If you're just getting started on your home school journey or if you are trying to decide whether to stay the course, these are the top bits of wisdom that I've gleaned throughout my years as a home school educator.

  1. Identify your reasons for home schooling, not your sister's reasons or your friend's reasons. What are you seeking to give your children? Who are you going to serve? Do your children have special interests or needs? 
  2. Form a mission statement for your family. Between you and your spouse set your intended goal. Incorporate your family's mission into the curriculum you choose and the activities you participate in.
  3. Set a schedule that suits your family. Learn to be flexible, but know that children thrive when they know what to expect and when to expect it.
  4. Develop your prayer life, as a family and as an individual. Make it your priority each day. The whole course of the school day will flow better if you begin by committing your day to Jesus.
  5. Stick with what is working and avoid too much window shopping. If the material I already own or the program we are enrolled into are achieving my goals, then buying a new book or changing programs may be a waste of resources. Avoid the "kid in a toy store" mentality. Don't get caught up in the shiny new book covers and promises of new and improved.
  6. Purge or change what isn't working. If the curriculum or schedule or teaching style isn't working any longer, or isn't working for a particular child, scrap the old way and implement something that works better. Get creative when necessary. Don't let extra-curriculars become a burden. Remember that mastery is the goal, so don't be afraid to restart a subject if your child hasn't fully grasped the concepts.
  7. Form a support system. Go to Moms' Night Out and date your spouse. Find creative ways to make dates a regular event, even if your budget is restrictive.
  8. Learn to find the blessings in every moment and express gratitude at all times. Our attitude effects our perception of our situation. If we view a circumstance as hopeless or overwhelming we're going to feel burned out and want to give up. Turn your chores into prayers of thanksgiving. Teach your children to gives thanks.