This week a friend called and simply asked for a "pep talk." Her homeschooling day had been less than desireable, and she was feeling frustrated. That made me stop and think that there are other moms who probably just need that little pep talk that says, "You can do this!" Moms that need to hear some encouragement beyond a "Hump Day Encouragement."
Homeschooling Mama, you can do this. Don't look at the failures of the day, look for the small victories. They are there. As far as I'm concerned, education is not meant to simply fill children with information but rather to teach them how to learn. Don't compare your child to another. Don't compare your homeschooling with anyone else's journey. Has your child learned something today? This week? This month? Is your child taking on more responsibilities in the home, helping with chores, brothers and sisters, and offering to help you with your daily tasks? Are relationships changing for good between you and your children? Do you still believe that homeschooling is the best educational choice for your family? Then your homeschooling is successful! That is the goal of teaching your child at home.
The Bible says, "Commit your works to the LORD and your thoughts will be established." If you believe your homeschooling time will be successful, it will. If you believe your child will learn, he will. The Lord will establish your thoughts if you commit to teaching your children to the best of your ability!
You may feel as though you can't get beyond the fact that sometimes teaching your child is like talking to a wall. But your child is still learning. Remember, learning doesn't always have to take place with a textbook or workbook. Maybe your child does well with technology-based learning. Great! There are lots of apps for mobile devices that can help. Maybe your child is a hands-on, experimenting kind of kid. Great! There are websites out there that have free or low cost experiments to do right at home. Maybe your child needs more time sitting with you while you read to him or her. Great! The Children's Bible is a wonderful place to begin, and the Children's Bible app is now available. What better book to read together thank the Word of God?
These are all suggestions, but I think you get the idea. Schooling isn't all about the academic knowledge a child has retained, though there is a place and time for that. It's about helping to create lifelong learners who are driven to learn by a passion to know more!
Have a great rest of the week, Mama!