Jessica, enjoying her chores in the rain!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?

 

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