Many people are thinking about or just starting on the road to homeschooling, thanks to the pandemic or for other reasons. That’s wonderful! Homeschooling is a great way to spend more time with your children and provide them a good education.
I’d like to share a little bit of wisdom from my 26 years of teaching my children at home. The following is a slight modification of the Ten Commandments from Exodus 20 in the Bible.
- Do not make homeschooling your god or your religion.
- Do not bow down to the gods who write books about homeschooling or serve them.
- Do not take the name of the Lord in vain when you get frustrated with your children.
- Remember to rest and let your kids rest.
- Teach your children to honor you by being a good example.
- Do not murder your child’s love of learning with boring curriculum.
- Do not love your homeschool friends more than your husband.
- Do not steal your child’s joy by living vicariously through them.
- Do not lie about having a perfect homeschool life.
- Do not covet other people’s books, fields trips, vacations, houses.
While the above is meant to be somewhat humorous, there is truth in these ten commandments. Homeschooling, like any other educational method, offers daily opportunities for obeying God’s laws of how to honor Him and how to honor others .
Want to find out if you have strong faith? Homeschool your kids!
Want to test your spiritual discipline and maturity? Join a homeschool co-op!
Did you ask God to reveal all your faults and weaknesses so he can transform you? Homeschooling can do that!
Feeling a little proud of yourself for having chosen the selfless option of homeschooling? Being home all day with your kids can fix that , too!
Don’t get me wrong, homeschooling your kids is a wonderful way to teach them. But I feel like many moms have unreasonable expectations of what it will be like.
Some think it will be awful so they don’t even consider it, and that’s a shame. Others think it will always be like the first picture below, and are shocked that there are a lot of days like the next picture.
In reality, there will be a lot of fun days and a lot of routine days and a lot of bad days, just like everything else in life.
As you can see I homeschool BOYS. I’ve heard it’s a lot different with girls or a mixed group, or one child, or two. No matter what little angels God has given you, homeschooling will challenge you, and that’s a good thing.
If you go into it expecting to be challenged, hoping to grown, wanting to find out your weaknesses, you’ll have a much better time of it.
Take it one day at a time, even as you plan months in advance and buy way too many books and supplies. As the years pass you will figure out what works for you and what doesn’t. That’s how life works, right?
Homeschooling is life. Enjoy it! And let God teach you as you teach your children.
A few resources that might be helpful.
https://hslda.org/# Getting started
https://www.sonlight.com/ My favorite books
https://timberdoodle.com/ Fun curriculum
https://www.christianbook.com/ Good website for homeschool books