Real Life Learning: Letting Life Teach Us

Real Life Learning


Sometimes life teaches us more than any book. That has been the case here lately, but I am embracing it- because after all, we are teaching our children to be prepared for real lifeĀ and not just a test.

Prepare for Life Not a Test

It’s been a busy few months here with travelling and other life events, so we haven’t had all of our traditional studies taught the traditional way, but I think we have learned even more than any textbook could have taught.


*We have been to states never travelled before


*We have met other homeschooling families and ministered

*We have planned a large garden in our new home, and then worked together to build raised beds, fences, and prepare it. Yesterday we planted our veggies. So much “school” went into this project with math and science




*We have explored the stream in our woods and have collected all sorts of things to learn about. Right now we are observing tadpoles

*We’ve caught frogs




*We’ve found all kinds of old treasures on this old property of ours


*We found skulls in the woods and studied them


*We have had family situations to deal with, that have brought us to our knees in prayer, as a family—these are lessons you can’t teach, but must walk through

*My daughter (14) is learning to juggle a part time job with her studies, but the job part is really teaching her more than anything—real life preparation for sure

The list goes on and on…


I just love homeschooling and more and more I see it works. We are learning so much without a traditional textbook many days. For us, the real life learning trumps a list of facts any day. The life lessons are the true lessons.

Most of all, we use our daily life to center around God, focus on His word and what He says about the situations we are in or what we are learning. That is the most important thing I want my children to learn each day. When faced with a situation, “What does God’s Word say about that?” is the first thing I want them to know.

I am embracing the fact that our unique homeschool is just that- unique to our family. We are teaching the way I feel God has led us. There is so much freedom and joy in knowing we are walking the path He called us to and following Him.

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Author: Karen DeBeus

Karen is the author of Simply Homeschool, Called Home, and Bible Based Homeschooling. She is passionate about encouraging homeschooling families on their journey to keep their eyes on the One who called them here. She can also be found blogging about all things simple at Simply Living for Him.

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