One of the issues that homeschool parents need to deal with is the fear of their children having gaps in their education because of their homeschooling.  Though this is a real fear our reasoning is often not logical.  Every child I know, including myself who went to a Christian school, and my husband who went to a private school has gaps.  There are many reasons why gaps appear in a child’s life but outside of homeschooling circles we don’t much question them.  My husband is a poor speller and I have very little knowledge about geography, history or science and yet we have grown into functioning adults in society.

In my homeschooling journey I initially came to think that I had to accept that there would be gaps in my chldren’s education but I have a slightly different perspective these days.  It isn’t that I have to accept that there will be gaps, that my children won’t know everything, or won’t excel at everything, the issue for me to grasp is that I have the opportunity to choose the gaps – or rather, choose where there will be no gaps.

There is so much to learn that there is no way we can cover it all (which is why we have to accept there will be gaps!) but because I have the opportunity to create an individualised education for each of my children, taking into account the whole child I choose what to focus on and what to minimise in our studies.  In doing this I consider each child’s physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, moral and practical life skills.  I take into account their strengths and weaknesses, their interests and passions as well as the uniqueness of our individual family – there may well be gaps but not in the areas where each child needs to excel.

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So next time you get anxious about the potential gaps in your child’s education, pause, and ask yourself if you are covering the important things for each of your children – if there are gaps in those things you need to spend some time in reassessing how you spend your time but we don’t need to be stressed over gaps outside of that parameter.  We need to be committed to growing our children in the specific areas that are important.

Individualised homeschool plan means we get to choose the gaps by working on the areas that will have the most benefit to each child.

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Belinda and her husband, Peter, live in the far north-west of Australia on a small farm. They have four adult children whom they homeschooled from prep-year 12. Over this time Belinda has taught and supported women both face to face and online. Her heart is to encourage families to be intentional, relational and heart focused in all areas of family living. She continues to do this in her new season of life – as her kids leave home one by one leaving her with more time.

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  1. Beth Johnson Rutherford

    I really love this! I’ve always known that all of us have “gaps” due to different life or educational circumstances but never really thought of being proactive in choosing them. It does make sense and I think it is something we actually do without thinking. We emphasize certain areas over others; we prioritize certain subjects or interests and leave others. However, to actually CHOOSE gaps is a different way of looking at it. Thanks for the different perspective!!

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