Towards the end of last year, Jess asked me if I thought she had made the most of being a homeschooler. A good question.
This question made us look at the opportunities our decision to homeschool has given us:
- To be in control of our time – without an outside institution dictating where we need to be by when.
- To have relational time together – siblings and siblings, parents and children
- To have time and freedom to study the Bible – do we make the most of this opportunity?
- To have individualised study plan – do we allow ourselves to do things differently in order to benefit each individual child?
- To pursue talents with large blocks of time – do we allow time for personal talents and passions?
But we also had to look at the things that stops us, or hinders us, from walking in these opportunities
- Fear out of not doing what everyone else is doing
- Busyness with things we’ve taken on that maybe we shouldn’t have
- An imbalance between book work and life learning
- Bowing to external expectations (education department)
- Bad habits – and a reluctance to change
The only reason I like to list the negative here, is that it gives me something to work on – I can make changes when I identify the things that are hindering us from being effective.
Are you making the most of being a homeschooler? What are your opportunities and what are the things hindering you and your family?
To any non-homeschooler reading this post I think the same thought process would be good for you. If you’ve made the decision to send your kids to school – are you making the most of the opportunities presented to you?