Q. When you have a larger family and homeschooling all of them will take a LOONG time – how do you retain your enthusiasm for the long haul.
A. I only have 4 children, and 6 years between oldest and youngest, so I guess that means my homeschooling journey will possibly be around 18 years – you may well have more – depending on how many children you have and how far apart each child is. But still, this has been something I have been aware of in myself.
The thing that keeps life interesting is the individual-ness and uniqueness of each of my children. Not one of them are the same – some of them may be similar but not the same. I had initially intended to find the best way to homeschool and to do it that way for the whole journey – it hasn’t worked that way!!
What is good for one student hasn’t helped the next. Their personal learning styles and passions has shaped the choices that I have made in planning their education. Even though I have some clear non-negotiables (read My Choice, Their Choice) how I present the lessons and what we do with the knowledge looks different for each child.
This keeps me fresh and on my toes. One year doesn’t just roll into the next, 18 times over! Each year, or even each six months there is change as my children grow and develop. This is what keeps me enthused. There is always something new to learn in order to meet where my child is at today.
The only thing to watch here is that we need to be good stewards of the resources God has given us – either money generally or with the things we have spent that money on. Sometimes I need to use the resource on my shelf but I can tweak how I teach it to match my child’s individual needs. Making changes to fit each child doesn’t necessarily mean we spend big amounts of money each time something isn’t working!
This post is a part of a series springing from the Q&A session at the Mum Heart Conference. I’m taking time to answer these questions this week as I think they are helpful questions for most homeschooling mums at some time in their journey….