Learning is natural. Schooling is not.
First time homeschoolers always encounter so many different methods and opinions on this new venture that they are beginning, that it’s easy to get caught up in the curriculum game. Which curriculum is best? Which will make my kids the smartest? Which will pour the most literature/math/science into them so that they can pass the (fill the name) exam? Which books are on that book list again?
Back up a minute. You are teaching children, not testers. You are in your home, not an overpriced classical Christian academy. Take a deep breath.
Children are naturally curious about the world around them.
They naturally enjoy being read to. They need to move and have fun. Notice a theme here? Not to state the obvious, but kids will learn anything that they are naturally interested in.
Why make this harder than it has to be?
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Curriculum is well and good, but it is a tool.
Use it as such to reach the goals that you have for your kids, but don’t live by it. If you and your kids are slaves to your curriculum, how long do you think you will enjoy homeschooling?
Life itself is a great teacher.
Gardening, grocery shopping, filling out job applications for the first time, learning to budget money, finishing reading a huge novel, or finally making that volcano erupt after six tries… these are experiences that will stick with them!
YOU are a great teacher. Every smile, every story read, every glue-sticked project, timeline figure memorized, or random bird fact explored has meaning. Your time with them is precious, and even when it’s hard you’ll still wish you had that time back years later. Don’t waste it.
You can do this.
Your KIDS can do this. It’s not hard. It really is very natural. Enjoy your time as a homeschooling mom, because it won’t last forever. Enjoy the trips to the library, backyard soccer, games of Tag and Duck Duck Goose, collecting leaves, and reading Narnia aloud until your voice is hoarse.
Learning is natural. Schooling is not. Encourage interests, praise strengths, build up weaknesses, love, learn, and pray.