When homeschool moms sit down to think about what they want their children to learn in the upcoming school year, they often find their judgement clouded by public school scopes and sequences, requirements and standards. It’s as if we are unable to think on our own without the input of governmental charts and goals. We find our decisions muddied by the “what-ifs” – “What if I don’t get all the requirements in the right order?” – “What if they don’t do well on THE test?” – “What if I missed something?”
But, WHAT IF they are wrong?
What if our society needs outside-the-box thinkers?
What if our cities need responsible citizens?
What if our nation needs people who hunger for wisdom, and are willing to pursue it with passion?
What if standardization squashes the human intellect in favor of assembly line automatons – no one unique, no one passionate, no one taking responsibility, no one caring.
But, what if this year, YOU set the standards for YOUR child? What if this year, you homeschooled with their passions in mind? What if this year, you stopped worrying about requirements and tests, and focused on thoughtful discussions, well-written books, an appetite for learning, and the satisfaction of subjects mastered, or at the very least, subdued?
What if this year, you stopped filling buckets, and instead lit fires?
What would that look like?
My challenge for you as you begin to plan this next year is to not be afraid of setting standards for your homeschool that honor the individuality of your child and the God who created them while honoring the family God put your child in and family he’s molding you into. Take time out this week to plead with the Lord to show you the fires He wants you to light, the focus He wants you to take, the JOY He wants to bring back to your homeschool and your child’s education.
“Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Resources I highly recommend to help you set these kinds of standards
for your homeschool:
Homeschooling with Purpose
(will help you stay focused in your homeschooling)
Homeschooling with Purpose eBook
- Are you wanting to start homeschooling, but feel overwhelmed by all the choices?
- Do you currently homeschool, but feel like you are doing a disastrous job?
- Are you a veteran homeschooler, but feel…
Homeschooling Made Simple
(will give you the confidence to keep your homeschool simple and joy-filled)