Over the years, I have been asked many times what my biggest piece of advice for any homeschooler is.
I have learned most of these the hard way and am always quick to answer with these top pieces of advice:
- Don’t compare your homeschool to anyone else’s.
- Stick with a curriculum that works.
- Be flexible.
- Enjoy the journey.
- Your relationship with your kids is a priority, even before academics.
- Engage with your children.
- Don’t try to recreate school at home.
Those are just a few of my favorites, but there is one piece of advice that I would say is the most important.
Let God Lead Your Homeschool.
YOU are NOT in charge of your homeschool. God is. If you are homeschooling it is because God has called you here. For whatever reason, and for however long of time, God has placed you here. It is so important to remember that because we can get so caught up in thinking we do this on our strength.
God is ultimately the one leading us each day. We must submit to His plans. We can do anything through His power. If He wants us here, He will supply the energy, the patience, the organization…all of it.
Face it, none of us can do this alone. I am only patient when He gives me patience. I am only energized when He gives me energy. And Lord knows I was never an organized person, but He gives me the power every day to complete the tasks that He has called me to do.
And He calls each family to a different goal. So trying to copy someone else’s family will not succeed. He wants us to come to Him each day and let Him lead.
Beginning the day in the Bible is essential for me personally. God’s Word energizes me like nothing else. I can guarantee the days I am not in His Word, and I think I can do things on my own, I fail. The days I wake early, spend time with Him praying and seeking HIS will for my day, are always the days that I feel go smoothly.
God is the head of our family and we must submit every detail including our homeschools to Him. How does that look? Prayer and Bible time are essential. Pray over your homeschool daily, weekly, and at the beginning of the year. Rather than searching the Internet for the next best thing for your homeschool, ask God to show you. Seek His will above all else.
I begin each day with the prayer, “Lord show me what you want the children to learn today. Show me what you want ME to learn today. Then supply the power to do it.” Some days go very differently than I planned, but sometimes that is where the lesson is and that is exactly how God wants it.
Keep your eyes on the goal. As soon as we take our eyes off of God we sink. When we try to do things in our own strength we fail. Let His Spirit fill you and supply for your needs.
And pray. Pray some more. Cover your family and your homeschool in prayer. Pray with friends.
Let go and let the Lord lead. There really is no other way.
This new edition has a journal section at the end plus 31 verses for your homeschool with lots of writing space!
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