We all desire to teach and train our children well. There are subjects to teach, habits to train, character to shape and souls to point to Christ.
How can we be sure we’re doing it right?
It is so easy to get stuck in researching and planning curriculum. We see what someone else is doing and start to doubt our own choices. We worry we’re not doing enough.
How can we succeed at homeschooling?
Do we teach Latin?
What homeschool method should we choose?
Should they read by 3 years old?
Do we buy the big box curriculum?
Do we need a school room?
Is unschooling better?
Should we join a co-op?
What if they fall behind?
Do we avoid worksheets?
What about living books?
Should we use that shiny new curriculum everyone is buzzing about?
What if we can’t get through the day without falling apart, let alone doing school?
Has your head exploded yet?
Too often, we scramble to keep up with other homeschoolers or with our own ideals about what homeschool is supposed to look like.
The truth is that the only thing that will bring success to your homeschool is to make it about God, for God and from God.
I am convinced that if we do this, all the other pieces will fall into place. He will lead us to the right routines, curriculum, groups and opportunities for our family. Everything will click.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” ~ Matthew 6:33
The most important things we can teach our children are about God. First and foremost, our focus should be on teaching these precious children who God is, who they are in Him, and that He loves them. We teach them the way of Jesus. That right there is a full time curriculum.
We exist to bring glory to God. So do our children. We have been entrusted (not without help and empowerment) to raise them for that purpose. Our homeschool days and content should reflect that.
We need to trust Him! He has a plan and a hope for our children’s future. He CARES about what and how they are taught. As we consider the new homeschool year, are we truly seeking Him in prayer and listening for his guidance? Or relying on the wisdom of man to tell us what to do?
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord…” ~ Jeremiah 29:11
What Does About, For and From God Look Like?
The only way to have a successful Christian home education is to arrange everything in our homeschool around Christ. If we seek Him earnestly, He will work this out in our individual families.
We need to pray. Really pray. Fast if we are led to. Keep our hearts alert and listening for His answers.
He always answers.
When things get crazy as you plan or carry our your homeschool days, pray about how you can make it by, about and for Him. Here are some ideas in that direction:
- Pray every morning and at each transition. Ask for His presence and guidance as you go. I forget to do this more often than I’d like to admit.
- Make the first subject of the day Bible lessons and scripture memory. If that’s all that gets done that day (which happens a lot at our house), at least it was the most important thing.
- Choose curriculum that honors God and His Word.
Christ is the center of our homeschool. How do I know? Because we purpose it to be that way.
And when we lose our way, which we are wont to do, God gently reminds us to focus on making it about Him, for Him, and from Him.
How do you keep from getting distracted from God’s direction for your homeschool?