Charity or love begins at home, and it is key to household peace.
If you are curious about Homeschooling and wondering what the benefits could be, I would love to share them with you.
Before I started homeschooling my children, I had done some research for about five years, and it was an on-and-off type of thing. When I would drop my kiddos off at public school, there would be this unsettling feeling, and it wouldn’t go away. I would talk with other moms who were homeschooling, and I was always so intrigued by their stories; about what it’s done for their children and family.
This link is a good starting point: http://www.hslda.org/LandingPages/teaching-my-kids.asp HSLDA is excellent because it tells all about the laws and regulations for every state and country and applies to civilian and military families.
The process will depend upon the state or country where you reside.
As for choosing a curriculum, there are so many wonderful options out there. Some curriculums are scripted material, meaning it tells the educator/parent what to say step by step. It’s great and requires little planning. I found it helpful when I googled “different types of homeschool curriculum” and “homeschool teaching styles” we went with a Faith based curriculum called “my Father’s world” For math, we went with Saxon. Still, as of now, we use Teaching Textbooks for Math and Apologia for Science. Also, Pinterest has so much information on homeschooling. Here is my Pinterest board: http://pinterest.com/mrsvaness/christian-homeschooling/ to give an idea of how many resources are out there. I hope it will be of great help.
Honestly, it is an honor to homeschool my children. We start our mornings with prayer and in God’s Word, then onto all the other subjects. Homeschooling is going great; it’s work but worth it. It was pretty amazing to see the kiddos “playing school” on their break-time when they were younger! I will continue to cheer for them and pray for God’s will for their life!
They are avid readers of all subjects. Their enthusiasm for learning really inspires me, but what is most important is their relationship with Christ and their walk with the Lord, and I get to disciple them daily.
I want to be intentional with my time and the call God has placed upon my life, and please don’t think our home is always a joy and smooth sailing. We do not always have smooth sailing days; in fact, I want my children to know and understand to walk in God’s grace and be grace-filled even when we miss the mark– when we fall short. When the days feel joyless, impatience has gotten the best of us, and when we feel short-tempered, in those times, we can look to Jesus. His grace is sufficient in our time of need. We can admit our mistakes and confess our sins; we can ask the Lord for forgiveness and keep pressing on. I want my children to know I love them even when they are disobedient. I forgive them when they are disobedient. We all need grace and mercy. Sometimes my children need a big hug, a smile, encouragement, and reassurance that I’m not looking for them to be perfect because I, too, will never be perfect on this earth, and no one on this earth will be perfect. What I do want from them and myself is to admit when we are wrong and when we have failed and sinned, to cry out to God and ask for His help, to walk by faith and not by sight, deny ourselves, take our cross, and follow Him. The one thing we can do is love perfectly with the love of Christ and even when it’s hard and when we have nothing left to give. That is when grace and truth come in. “Sanctify them in the truth; Your Word is truth (John 17:17). ❤️
His mercy is new every morning!
In His grace and through prayer, we can plan and be purposeful, trusting He will guide our footsteps according to His will.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-23).
Sally Clarkson said it best;
“However, your influence as a homeschooling mom won’t come from reading all the right books on motherhood, listening to the latest parenting experts, using the “best” homeschooling materials, or being the best homemaker. It will come because of your faithfulness because your “mom heart” is open to God and seeking what he wants you to do as a woman, wife, and mother. Faithfulness is simply learning to see with God’s eyes and seize with godly hands the hundreds of small opportunities you have every day to influence your children to shape their values and attitudes, build their faith, discipline their disobedience, inspire their genius, nurture their emotions, train their habits, cultivate their character, and set their feet on the path of righteousness. It is those seized moments of godly influence in your children’s hearts that will make you the heart of the home.”
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom... — Colossians 3:16
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