Its a new year! So many things to be excited for right? I am especially excited to be a part of this. The Virtual Curriculum Fair. Whether you are new to homeschool or have a couple years under your belt this is truly a wonderful treat. A homeschool convention….but you can stay in your jammies. Hehe
The one thing I love most about home education is also the one thing that I struggle with the most when it comes to home education. Can I hear an amen?
I love how free we can be. Here in Wisconsin there are very little requirements so we really do have so much freedom when it comes to learning at home with our children.
The challenge comes in not allowing ourselves to become overwhelmed or controlled. by all the good stuff that’s out there!
Our first year or two as home educators we stuck to a very strict schedule. We got our curriculum in the mail every year (Love My Father’s World). And while it was a wonderful program and I still use some of their materials to this day, at the same time it was stressful trying to keep up some days. Especially as I went from having one child to two and then three and then four!
As the years have gone by we have gone from box curriculum to classical schooling, Charlotte Mason style, unschooling and delight led learning. All of these are wonderful ways to encourage and inspire a love of learning in our children. And as each one of my for gets older and their needs change it is good to have so many different options out there. Again that is one of my favorite things about home education!
As we have grown and progressed Through the Years I have learned and I’m still learning how to use those materials we do invest in without thumb controlling our learning. I have learned to slow down and worry less. It truly has been an exercise in my faith. Most importantly I have learned to teach from a state of rest.
In the last few days I have pondered and prayed over what are home education ought to look like in the coming year. And if I have prayed again and again God has placed in my mind the value of rest and the value of mastery. So this year as we slow down I’m focusing on living and loving and learning together as a family. I am focusing on stronger relationships and building greater character within my children ( and myself too)!
We will still do math drills and we will still do copywork each day. We will study together and memorize from the Bible the Book of Acts. We will read together draw and paint. My girls and I will spend more time baking and learning to sew. My boys will spend more time on coding. We will draw our way around the world. We will do all kinds of crazy experiments and handicrafts. We will write poetry and make music and go for a walk exploring God’s creation.
We will not be bound by a schedule or curriculum. Instead of worrying about staying on track instead we will learn together in a state of rest. We will not be afraid to take a day off to go to the museum or to explore a local park. We will strive to have more conversation about what we are learning together.
For my oldest son I seek to become more of a mentor and less of a teacher. To inspire him instead of require of him. In an attempt to encourage him to learn a bit more independently and to become a bit more responsible for his time we are setting goals. We are making a roadmap. In this way see how making his own video game or his own app really is possible by breaking it down into simple steps.
There’s so much for our kids to learn and aren’t kids naturally curious and eager to learn? I think of the many things that I have learned simply by having the time to explore them on my own. And I know that this is something that my children can getting a great deal from. Therefore in the year to come they shall have more time to really explore their own interests. And who knows what could happen when they are given time to find those fires within!
It has always been my goal to inspire my children to see learning as something that is life-long. And for them to see the great value and the opportunities that surround them everyday. Because learning isn’t something that only happens for 12 years and it isn’t something that we can just fit in the hours of 9 and noon. Learning is a blessing and a joy. It is a lifelong pursuit.. ❤
As you begin your New Year going home education be sure to take your time and enjoy the journey!