Thursday, April 25, 2013

Bloggers Choice

I wasn't really sure what I wanted to post for bloggers choice so I am giving you a list.  I love lists.  I'm not really sure what to label my list because it is just some random thoughts about homeschooling.

Here it goes:
  • You don't have to conform to someone else's schedule.  You don't have to make sure kids are up every day to catch the bus or to be at school on time.  And you don't have to be home to meet the bus or pick them up from school.
  • When they are younger you can control what they learn.  You can teach sex ed when you feel they are ready to hear it.  You don't have to focus on evolution.  You can weed out what you don't believe and teach according to your convictions.
  • The relationship that develops between you and your kids is like no other.  You will become a friend and know stuff about them and their friends that you may not want to know but it is better to know these things.  You will actually miss them when they are gone instead of trying to get of them.
  • You can make your school whatever you want it to be.  Remember this isn't public school, this is home school.  You don't need to do it the same way and it won't look the same.  Have fun.  School doesn't have to be book work every day all the time.  It can be as simple as walk in the park.  There is a learning experience everywhere.
  • Your house will always need cleaned up.  They are home all day, every day.  They have stuff and it is gets taken out all day, every day.  No biggie.  Teach them to clean up after themselves.  It's okay if things are a little out of sorts on some days.  Give yourself a break.  You are not June Cleaver and this isn't Hollywood.
  • You always have God to call on when you are struggling.  Use Him daily.  He wouldn't ask you do this and then leave the room.  He is always available.  ALWAYS!
  • You don't have to spend $1000's to have a good curriculum.  You may be surprised what you can teach by just using the library and encyclopedias.  Don't underestimate yourself.
  • DO NOT beat yourself up just because your child can't read or write or grasp a concept at the age that other children seem to be getting it.  Kids learn at a different pace.  They are dumb and you aren't failing.  Don't give up.  Just lay it aside for a while and pick it up later.  I had one that struggled with reading for years.  He was probably 9 or 10 before could really read much at all.  He does fine now. 
  • Remember, you are the parent, you know what is best for your child.  Not your parents.  Not your friends.  Not the cashier at Walmart.
  • and lastly and firstly: PRAY, PRAY, PRAY about everything.
Don't forget, about the homeschool Q&A at Trinity Assembly of God this Saturday from 10-12.

Check out what these other ladies are posting.

Audrey @ Everything Beautiful, Charli @ WV Urban Hippie, Tracey @ Building My House 
Jessica @ Redeeming the Home

1 comment:

  1. Good post! Very encouraging for this newbie! Thanks for sharing your wisdom!! :)