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I have received a lot of advice about homeschooling in general. I have also given a lot of advice. I am not an expert. I still consider myself a newbie. I don't think anyone is really an "expert" when it comes to homeschooling....because all of our kids are different...even within one family. In our family we could potentially have 4 different learning styles and have to switch curriculum with every child.
A question was posed from the Teach Them Diligently conference coordinators this past week...What was the best piece of advice you have received in regards to homeschooling?
For my purposes I copied and pasted everyone's responses....now I have them in writing....before it sinks further down on their facebook feed! Hopefully this advice will encourage other families that are starting this adventure or possible in their 20th year of this adventure!
(initials of the posters are noted)
- Enjoy learning with your child. It will be over all too soon. TH
- Homeschool with blinders on. Keep you eye on the goal and not on what everyone else is doing or not doing.(the goal is to please God) LP
- Use the time to redeem your own education as you learn along side them. AK
- Relax! CD
- Less is more. DA
- Relax . . . seek the Lord in all things concerning your child and the learning journey you are on together! RP
- Psalm 121 AW
- Don’t let the curriculum rule you, you rule the curriculum. JY
- Try not to stress and ENJOY the journey! AR
- Home school is not regular school... Your pace, your rules, your style... Do what works for you and your kids so they become life-long learners seeking God. TR
- Keep it simple and enjoy your children. SJ
- That I couldn't do it without His grace, but that His grace was readily available to me. TH
- Get together with moms that love being with their children. It’s contagious. ND
- Sometimes it will be hard and that is okay. Just keep going. JC
- The dusting can wait. AB
- "Even if all they do all day is read, they are getting a better quality education than the public school provides." EW
- Hang in there--it will be better tomorrow. SW
- #1. Just because you start a curriculum, doesn't mean you have to finish it if it's not working for you. #2. We homeschool so our children can hear the Gospel every day. SS
- One size doesn't fit all. AW
- There are as many ways to homeschool as there are homeschoolers. GG
- Don't try to recreate school at home. It is different and should look different. SG
- What works for one family won't necessarily work for yours and what works for one kid won't necessarily work for the others! TC
- Do what works for your family. Also, try not to get into too much discussion with other moms about what they're doing. Although it can be helpful at times, it can also lead to us trying to do what someone else is doing and may eventually wear you down. Trust God for how He wants YOU to teach YOUR own kids. LS
- Pray that God will give you a vision, a purpose for your family. And then when the days get tough- and they will get tough- be reminded of that vision, that purpose. And remember that we are in a spiritual warfare - put on the whole armor of God! DD
- Relax. Don't push. Relationship is more important that any schoolwork. CM
- First, pray! Enjoy the time with my kiddos. God's word first and when a curriculum isn't working, it's ok to find a new one that works. MG
What is the best piece of advice you have received?
For more information on the Teach Me Diligently conference...click on their FB page (linked above)....I will be there!!! Can't wait!