2020 has been full of surprises and homeschooling has been one of them! I have three grown children now but when they were school-age, we chose to homeschool them.
Homeschooling used to be more of an option, but these days it seems that many families don’t have a choice! Everyone is homeschooling at some level.
I did a Facebook Live giving 3 tips on how you can make this homeschooling year a great one! Check it out here!
1. Do All Things without Griping or Complaining!
Our attitude has a lot to do with our creativity and problem solving, so keep an I GET TO ATTITUDE.
The time you get to share with your kids is a very special opportunity. The way you get to pour into them and put God back into their school time is something that many have hoped for in the past. It’s not how we thought it would look, but here we are...we get to pray, share the Bible, and speak life over our kids at school!
And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.
This is your time to find those moments throughout the day to teach your kids scripture!
2. Do Not Compare
Yourself, your kids, or your homeschool to anybody else.
You are a different teacher than other parents. You can learn from others and be encouraged by others but never compare your situation or skills.
Your kids are one of a kind, and no other child is like yours. They are unique.
So don’t compare their strengths or weaknesses to anybody else. Embrace who they are and how God created them. Learn their likes and dislikes. Are they a morning person or a night person. Each child is different and unique. Boys are different than girls and they all have their own gifts and talents.
One of the joys of homeschooling is that you can make school fit them!
Don’t compare your homeschooling to public school. And don’t compare your homeschool to anybody else’s homeschool. Your classroom will look different. Your kids may be sitting at the kitchen table instead of desks. Your schedules will look different, and that is ok! You get to eat breakfast together, pray together, have a time of thanksgiving or devotional together.
3. Take One Day At A Time
Until you HAVE TO make a decision, you don’t’ need to stress and worry about what the next semester, month, or year will look like. You can pray, seek God and talk with your spouse about what that will look like but take one day and one kid at a time.
Encouragement for Moms:
Take time for yourself! Make sure you still get up in the morning, workout, get a shower, get dressed, and stay in a routine.
Encouragement for Dads:
Don’t just let mom do the teaching. Take a subject and let that be your subject to teach the kids. Kids need their dads and this is a great opportunity to be an intentional part of their life.
You don’t have to be an expert! You are enough! There are plenty of resources out there for both moms and dads to use for your students.
This season did not take God by surprise and He has called you and equipped you for such a time as this. The amount of time we have with our kids is limited and valuable! Embrace and enjoy the time you get to share with them. You may never get this opportunity again.
What has encouraged you in your homeschooling?
What would you pass along to other homeschooling families?
Check for local homeschool resources in your area like these: