In my last post we talked about some of the important discoveries
I made during our 20+ years of homeschooling.
Remember school buildings and specialized equipment do not
educate or teach. Neither do extra curricular activities. Some of those
things would be nice to have, but they certainly are not necessary for your child to be well educated.
Next we talked about your home, your community and the world truly
becomes your classroom. You can expand your child’s horizons far beyond the walls of a classroom.
Third, your child has the opportunity to truly get to know his mom and dad, siblings and grandparents. Your children will be well grounded in who they are and where they’re going, and you will have the opportunity to impart your God-given faith and values to your children.
I also learned that my job was to “work myself out of my job.” My job was not to teach my children all the facts and figures known to man.
My job was two-fold. One, to do my best to stay out of God’s way of guiding and directing my children. Two, my job was to teach them “how” to learn and empower them to be life long self-directed (following God’s leadership) learners.
In the homeschooling environment, constant interaction with others is the norm. Constant communication and discussion is crucial in developing critical thinking and leadership skills.Real life education occurs on a daily basis.
God will coordinate opportunites for our children that we could never imagine.The presence of the living God involved in the daily walk of your homeschool-Who could ask for a better Superintendent of Education than that.
So the answer to the question, “What should your classroom look like,”
Henry Ward Beecher, brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe and a pastor during the 1800s said, “The mother’s heart is the child’s classroom.”
Now that gives us something to think about.