As much as homeschooling is important to our family, I think living purposefully as a family is even more important. For us, homeschooling is one way that God has used to help us to live out those values and purposes intentionally. Homeschooling is a means to a greater end, not an end in itself. Obviously, we think homeschooling is a wonderful lifestyle, and it is my hope that every parent considers it seriously. Last month, I started a series called "Should I Homeschool?" for those of you who may be considering it. It is a big decision to make, and I hope that these posts will help you to understand a little of our own journey, as well as what is at stake as you make your decision.
This month, I think the Lord is leading me to continue this series. For those of you who have decided to homeschool, this part of the series is especially for you. My goal is to write eight posts, covering topics such as:
- forming a family mission
- finding a teaching/learning style that fits you and your kids
- the disciplines of a homeschooling mom
- juggling teacher and mommy
- managing multiple ages (schooling as a family)
- creating a lifestyle of learning
- about the "S" word (socialization)
- what I would do differently
I trust that in the future, I will write more, but I'll start with these first. (It was hard to narrow it down to just these!) I hope to be able to share with you some of the things that I have learned (usually the hard way) as well as provide you with things to think about and consider as you start designing and tailoring your school to fit the desires God has put on your own heart for your family.