Have you read our virtual magazine? It’s a visual masterpiece (in my opinion), and it has some great articles. The theme is “Why Homeschooling is like a Cupcake“. Below, is one of the articles from the magazine, written by Misty from Simply Helping Him.
School Books vs. Relationships
Each homeschool year comes with changes; new curriculum, new schedules, new students, etc. As homeschooling parents we have to be able to recognize when we need to make changes, prepare ourselves and our students for these changes.
This year I decided to make quite a few changes to our homeschool. We went from a heavily based textbook curriculum to a mostly literature based curriculum, and I am thrilled to see the excitement in my children’s faces where dread used to be.
Beyond the curriculum changes that I made to our homeschool this year, I came to realize two things that are more important than school book learning. I have been striving to incorporate these into our school year already, and am very happy with the early results.
The two things that I truly believe are more important than school work are:
My children’s hearts
My relationship with my kids
Rushing through our days and completing our school day checklists with broken spirits and/or broken relationships will not encourage learning.
So my homeschool purpose this year is to ensure I’m focused on my children’s hearts and our relationships, more than their school books. I’m confident that learning will come much easier when these realizations are kept as the priority.
There are a few specific reasons you’ll find that parents choose to homeschool their children. One of which is that we want to raise our children, and not hand them over to someone else, trusting that they’d do it the way we would like.
If all we as homeschooling parents are going to do is focus on school book learning, then our kids might as well go to public or private school.
Having the ability to teach our children at homes, allows us to connect and reach them in so many ways! We must ensure we are not missing the opportunities to grow our relationships.
Here are a few ideas to assure that you are staying on target.
~ Watch their attention span
We can only absorb a certain amount of learning in a day.
~ Take breaks
You don’t have to sit still until the work is complete.
~ Encourage them gently when they’re struggling with a lesson
Try explaining the process differently.
Relationship trumps school book learning. I highly doubt that any child would rather have schooling, over a loving relationship with their parents.
Our children are blessings, so let’s focus on them, not the school books.
Have a great school year!
Misty from Simply Helping Him