A homeschooling mom who successfully graduated her beautiful children says stop stressing over the “shoulds” and the things we think are important just because school systems say they’re important. Instead, teach our children what we love and what we know, because God totally knew what that child needs when he gave her to that mama with those talents and those dreams.
I’m enjoying the thought of how much fun we could have, if we followed that. Why, we’d sew, we’d bake, we’d raise chickens, and we’d photograph at the beach together!
What beautiful days we would have, and such sweet memories, if we took time to do things like these instead of spending our days in frustration over textbooks. Since books are important, too, I’ll teach her to love them as I do by sharing only the highest quality books with her. Instead of writing in workbooks, we’ll write freehand in pretty spiral notebooks, our subjects coming from our full days and our topics about the things we love. We’ll study art in the field up the hill, and physical education will come from long walks along the Bay and kayaking trips upriver.
And above all other busyness, we’ll preserve lots and lots of time together and with our little family. Because if I teach her what I love, I’ll teach her to know herself, since she is one of the things I love the most.
p.s. Yes, that’s our 13 year old ballerina there at a local Gulf Coast beach. I know. She doesn’t look 13. But she is. Please spread that news to the 16 year old boys along the Gulf Coast.
A note to you: On Sundays, now and then, I write a bit about how our family homeschools our children. Freely Educate is for all educators from all over the world and from varied backgrounds. I love that! This is just how we homeschool… now I’d love to hear how you educate children in the comments below.
Wise words! One of my goals this year is to make our curriculum fit my daughter, not the other way around. Thanks for your very timely thoughts.
Cindy B says
Beautifully said! I love this. Thanks for the inspiration.
What a beautiful way of being in the world…love what you do…love who you are…Be what you love.
This is so beautifully inspiring. It encaptures all that I find most romantic about home learning.