Sunday, November 21, 2010
The New Homeschool Year
I just got a neat ebook from The Old Schoolhouse and wanted to share a few quotes with you. It's full of wonderful biblical wisdom in letting God lead your homeschool. This woman taught a 6th grader while taking care of toddlers; which of course totally spoke to me. That's our situation! The book is called The New Homeschool Year and can be found FOR FREE at this link - http://thehomeschoolmagazine.com/TOSEBookSellSheets/The-New-School-Year/index_TheNewSchoolYear.htm
"In your home, it is important to determine who makes the decisions....If you are not the authority, you will be met with questions, comments and complaints.....If you go back in history and examine the on-room-schoolhouse model, you can see clearly the teacher had a plan for the school day and the children understood the plan was to be followed.....In order to have a successful multi-level school, you must establish that you have authority and you will decide the plan for the day."
I can't reiterate how important this is.
"You can also decide to focus your primary attention on the absolutes. For us, those are: Bible, math, and reading. If we only get a small amount done for some reason, I will choose those first."
I have a homeschooling friend who has homeschooled her 8 children. Her youngest is Allysha's age and she has 5 homeschool graduates and one on the way with a couple in between. I've often looked to her for advice whether it be things she did well or things she feels she didn't do well with the first ones. She told me from the beginning reading is essential as is math. She doesn't even do any other sit down lessons with the children until they are in 1st grade because these two things need to be mastered well. This has helped our homeschool tremendously and I'm so thankful for her wisdom.
"If you start each day with no plan and you are continually reinventing the wheel, your children's education will suffer for it....Put yourself in their position. Imagine you get to work each day and your boss, who controls all your work has it locked up in his office. He tells you to sit at your desk and wait for him to decide what you should be doing. Then he gets distracted......and you are left to sit listlessly and roam the halls...That is what it's like for your children when you have no plan."
She explains here that there are lots of great activities. Just because they are there, doesn't mean they are a wise use of our time.
"....our heavenly Father knows your frame (time) and knows your limitations. He will never ask you to do more than you are physically capable of doing...If you feel like you have more on your plate than you can possibly do well, then you are very likely doing some things he never intended.....prayerfully consider what are some things you need to set aside...to accomplish the good work He intends for you."
After this she lists a things she had to forgo so she could do the task God had called her to; homeschooling. Everything on her list isn't bad, it just stole time away from her family. Things from co-ops, to excessive trips outside the home, hobbies, tv, long phone calls, etc... Things we're all guilty of.
Man, I'm still reading through this and loving it! I know every homeschool has room for improvement. I pray that you will all take time to pray today by yourself or with your spouse and see what the Lord wants you to do in your school. Do your children know what they are to be doing daily? Do they know that you are the authority and follow it? Are you putting too much on your plate to do the good work God has given to you; homeschooling your children? I know sometimes it's easy to have pity parties. That's not what we're here for today ladies. Today is a new day and tomorrow is a new school week. See what he has for you today. Do that great work he has called you to! God will equip you to do just that! We serve an amazing God!
James 1:5-6 - If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt...
Matthew 7:7 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.