Mommy Talks – Tina Santiago-Rodriguez

Mommy Talks

Mommy Talks is featuring different homeschooling parents. Our guest for today is Tina Santiago-Rodriguez. She is the famous lady behind the blog Truly Rich Mom! I’ve met her personally last homeschool conference and I am so excited to feature her today!


SHARE A BRIEF INTRODUCTION ABOUT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

I am a Catholic wife and homeschool mom by vocation, a licensed physical therapist by education and a writer/editor by profession. I also am a relatively newbie blogger at www.trulyrichmom.com and www.teachermamatina.blogspot.com (my homeschool blog). I have been married for six years to my best friend and mission partner, Anthony, who is a fulltime worker for our Catholic community, Couples for Christ or CFC. (I used to work fulltime for CFC, too, for 10 years.) Our two children, Timothy Alan or “Tim” and Alyssa Therese or “Rysse” are aged 5 (going on 6 in October) and 3 respectively.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO HOMESCHOOL YOUR KIDS? HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN HOMESCHOOLING THEM?

My husband and I first heard about homeschooling when I was still pregnant with our eldest child. We were still based as missionaries for CFC in Timor Leste (East Timor) then, and had come home to Manila to attend CFC’s 25th Anniversary celebration. One of the events we attended was a pro-life conference, where the speakers included people from Human Life International in the US. We were intrigued when it was mentioned that one of the things people could do to support the pro-life movement was to “homeschool your kids, if possible.” We eventually also heard a little bit more about homeschooling from Catholic lay preacher Bo Sanchez, who homeschools his two kids along with his wife, Marowe, and founded the Catholic Filipino Academy.

As our son grew, we felt drawn to homeschooling and did our research on it and prayed about it and researched and prayed some more. I guess the turning point came when we tried having him sit in during a few preschool classes at one of the schools in Timor, just to try it out. After those “failed attempts,” we realized that he was learning more at home than what he could learn in that school. (I wrote a blog post about that here, if you want to read it, hehe!)

Now that our kids are a bit older, I would have to say that our main reasons for homeschooling are:
a. We believe that this is God’s call for us at this particular point in our lives. (I wrote about that here, teehee!)
b. We want to pass on the faith and values that we hope will bring our kids (and ourselves) to our eternal home in heaven. 🙂
c. We want to cherish the time with our children while we still can, and make the most of their childhood years.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF HOMESCHOOLING?

The advantages would differ from family to family but in our case, here are a few:
a. As parents, we are able to do our darndest to live according to God’s call in Proverbs 22:6 – Train the young in the way they should go; even when old, they will not swerve from it.
b. We are able to provide one-on-one instruction to our kids, although at this point, Rysse usually just goes along with our lessons for Tim. Still, she has been able to learn a lot just by observing her brother and being around him.
c. We are able to make learning a part of our lifestyle — I remember there were times when we’d talk about opposites while waiting for the LRT; when we’d talk about basic Science concepts while waiting for hubby to finish meeting with a priest; etc.
d. We are able to ENJOY our children, especially while they are still young. Childhood is fleeting and we will only have one shot at parenting our kids. (Though we admittedly are FAR from being the “perfect” parents!)
e. We are able to save money (though this is not a PRIMARY reason to homeschool) as God has blessed us so much by providing for a lot of our homeschool materials.

HOW HAS HOMESCHOOLING AFFECTED YOUR FAMILY AND LIFESTYLE?

We have had to make a few adjustments, but I would not trade it for the world! 😀 Actually, because we believe that God called us to continue homeschooling, we also believe that He even led us to move to a different apartment in a different city! 🙂 That’s how AWESOME He is! Homeschooling has also opened our eyes more to God’s goodness, the richness of our Catholic faith and the beauty and unity of the homeschool community, both locally and globally. When it comes to the kids, although we do have issues with discipline and obedience (to be perfectly honest), God reminds us that homeschooling is one of the ways we can encourage, disciple and train our kids.

Homeschooling has also led us to depend on God more; to be open to His leading, and to be humble and repentant whenever we do wrong by our kids. It has helped us to be more flexible, too, especially since I work from home and am required to be at the office every Thursday and Friday. I have also learned to “unlearn” what I know about education and embrace “out of the box” learning. We have also learned to adjust to our kids’ learning styles (though I’m still in the process) and to seek opportunities for learning even in the most ordinary of experiences (like waiting for the train or jeep).

I’d like to think, too, that our bonds as a family are stronger because we homeschool. We also are blessed that other people have come to ask us about homeschooling, although we are not experts in it — so it has also become sort of a family “advocacy” of sorts — to promote homeschooling.

ANY TIPS YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH THOSE WHO ARE CONSIDERING TO HOMESCHOOL OR THOSE FAMILIES WHO ARE ALREADY HOMESCHOOLING?

a. Pray, pray, pray. Seek the Lord’s guidance. Homeschooling, admittedly, is not for everyone. Discern if God is calling you to homeschool.

b. Discuss it as husband and wife and come to an agreement about it and stick to it and SUPPORT each other, DESPITE what others (even family members) may say.

c. Pray some more. You may even want to practice fasting or abstinence while praying about it.

d. Do your research — go online; interview homeschool parents; read books on homeschooling; read homeschool blogs (but don’t be too overwhelmed by them all!); attend homeschool orientations or conferences if possible. Seek homeschool groups (online or not) so that you can also have a “sounding-board” for your questions.

e. Pray for your children. If they are old enough, include them in your discernment and research process. Discuss the decision with them as much as possible.

f. Don’t pay too much attention to what others think or say, especially if they oppose your decision to homeschool. If you believe in your heart that God is calling you to do it, go ahead and do it.

g. Try to unlearn everything you know about conventional schooling, because (and I learned this myself, too!) homeschooling is NOT about bringing school or the classroom into your home.

h. Even when your kids are young, try to establish a daily routine with them, which includes lots of time for reading books (i.e. you reading aloud books for them) and free play!

i. Last, but not the least, put character before curriculum. (This is what we’re trying to focus on in our own homeschool for now). What’s the point of having good grades if one is a “rotten apple,” so to speak? 🙂 After all, when we die and stand before the Lord during the Last Judgment, He will not ask us what grades or awards we got, right?

Follow Mommy Tina and her hommeschool journey through her homeschool blog  http://teachermamatina.blogspot.com/

Mommy Talks – Winnie Lopez

Mommy Talks

Mommy Talks is featuring different homeschooling parents. Our guest for today is Winnie Lopez. I personally know Winnie as we are part of the homeschooling support group that meets here in Santa Rosa Laguna. Through the years, I have been blessed to know her and have her as a friend. I am honored to feature her and her family in today’s Mommy Talks.


SHARE A BRIEF INTRODUCTION ABOUT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

I am helpmeet to my husband who is a lawyer by profession, homeschooling mom to our five children (ages 15, 13, 9, 7, and 3), and keeper of our home.

In the year 2000, five years into our marriage, my husband and I migrated to Canada along with our girls (then 3 and 2). The Lord blessed us with 3 more children during our 9 years abroad. We have been back in the Philippines almost 3 years now.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO HOMESCHOOL YOUR KIDS? HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN HOMESCHOOLING THEM?

We officially (I bought curricula and taught formally) began homeschooling when my oldest daughter was 4. I heard of homeschooling from our pastor’s American wife back in the 1990s. When we migrated and I was faced with the option to enroll my daughter in public school, it was clear homeschooling was something I ought to give a try. We did and there has been no looking back ever since. That was 11 years ago. The Lord continued to confirm to me that this was, for our family, the best way we can parent our children intentionally, disciple them, and ignite in them the love for learning.

FOR THE PAST YEARS THAT YOU HAVE BEEN HOMESCHOOLING, DO YOU HAVE ANY REGRETS ABOUT IT?

No regrets. Doubts, yes. This happened when I decided to home school or fulfill my duties as wife, mother, and manager of our home on my own strength or wisdom and not on the Lord’s. The closest I came to giving up was when we recently looked for alternatives for my oldest child who was doing high school work. Unfortunately, it was not as easy to move her to a local school and continue the work that we have begun. The Lord also confirmed in my heart the calling to continue home schooling through high school for now. It is a blessing that as an alternative to traditional school, we can home school through high school with the option to enlist outside help such as tutors or online/correspondence courses.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF HOMESCHOOLING?

First, educating our 5 children at home has allowed us to do with God’s command (Deut 6:7) as He would like us: “Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” It seems that homeschooling allows us to effectively transfer to the children our worldview and values.

Second, if parents are given the freedom to take charge of their child’s education and parents accept that responsibility wholeheartedly, the quality of that education will no doubt be for the best interests of that child. Parents know their children better. Homeschooling is the closest we will ever get to a one-on-one type of learning. The home is the natural and safe place where children can grow and learn with parents who, though imperfect, are motivated by love for them.

Third, children who have been taught how to learn (for this is hopefully the aim of homeschooling as children grow older) will be motivated to learn anything that they grow a passion for. Photography and learning to play the guitar are some interests that my teens have taken the time to self-learn recently. If guided by coaches or music tutors, I have always received feedback of how noticeable in them their motivation to learn, their discipline to progress quickly, and their respect for teachers making them a joy to teach.

Lastly, there are practical advantages too. For our family, homeschooling means I don’t have to be shuttling back and forth taking children to school and extra curricular activities. My mom used to do this a lot for my siblings and me, I recall. The flexibility of homeschooling allows us to schedule errands, appointments, trips, etc, during the week when there are not too many people or during non-peak hours to avoid traffic. Also, school locations or school schedules do not dictate how we live our life.

HOW HAS HOMESCHOOLING AFFECTED YOUR FAMILY?

Home schooling inevitably presumes that parents as agents take their role as authority instituted by God in the family and train their children accordingly. Thus, it seems, we have children who are more easily influenced by us, are disciplined to heed our instruction, and therefore recognize God’s very authority in their own lives. Relationship-wise, the bonds among our family members are stronger than bonds formed outside our home. We enjoy a lot of things together such as reading even to my teenagers, sports such as tennis and swimming, family trips, preparing food together (and eating, of course!) or just hanging out at home. As the children are secure in their relationships at home, it seems they are also able to relate well to other adults and children, especially as they mature. There is constant request for neighborhood kids and families for our children to come visit their homes.

Since homeschooling for us means training the children to help out at home, there is camaraderie among siblings despite age gaps, the children take responsibility for household chores at a young age, and we all develop a servant attitude in the context of family. Hopefully, even as we train them at home, they will apply what they learn in whatever context they will find themselves in the future.

ANY TIPS YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH THOSE WHO ARE CONSIDERING TO HOMESCHOOL?

When I first began homeschooling, I was not fully aware of everything it would entail. All I knew was that it was something the Lord was prodding me to do. From the outset, anybody considering homeschooling will undoubtedly know that to be in charge of our children’s education personally will take a lot of sacrifice. It is not some sort of fad or something we go into lightly. As someone open to the very idea of teaching, I was also willing to educate myself about the whole new idea through books, websites, home school suppliers, forums, support group, and other people’s experiences. Information about it abound. And, one will learn along the way.

Homeschooling is a journey that will slowly open up to you depending on your family’s unique situation. There are so many known approaches to homeschooling and even if you adhered to one, the way you do that in your circumstance will still be different from someone else. There is also an enormous amount of curricula available to meet the goals and specific learning styles of each family. There is no one-size-fits-all in homeschooling. That is precisely why there is this alternative. And there is no right or wrong way to home school. Moms don’t need to go to school so they can teach their children in exactly the same way using exactly the same methods and materials. That would definitely be an irony! So, for those considering this exciting adventure, may God go with you for from Him flow all grace and provision!

Follow Winnie and her family’s journey as they homeschool through her blog at http://winniewith5.wordpress.com/

Mommy Talks – Racquel Guevara

Mommy Talks

Mommy Talks is featuring different homeschooling parents. Our guest for today is Racquel Guevara. I loved her homeschooling blog and that is how I got to know her. I am glad that I met her face to face on the recent Philippine Homeschool Conference. Their family has been homeschooling for the past 5 years and let’s hear their story!

BRIEF INTRODUCTION

I’m Racquel Guevara, married to Mike. We have two girls: Arielle, 13 years old, and Kayla, 11. We are based in Batangas City.

HOW DID YOUR HOMESCHOOLING JOURNEY START?

Even before our eldest went to a playgroup then to the big school, I remember reading an article on the newspaper about homeschooling. That got stuck in my mind. Then, we eventually sent our girls to traditional school but I found myself dissatisfied with the school standards, competency of the teachers, and the way the lessons were taught. It came to the point that my husband and I really thought hard about the situation and considered homeschooling instead. It took a lot of research, reading, and family discussions with our daughters before we finally decided to go for it.

This coming June, we’ll be on our 6th year of homeschooling. Arielle was Grade 3 and Kayla was Grade 1 when we started to homeschool. Now, Arielle will be 2nd year high school and Kayla, Grade 6, in June. 

HOW HAS YOUR HOMESCHOOLING JOURNEY BEEN? HAVE  YOU EVER THOUGHT OF QUITTING?

Just because you’re pulling out from the school system, it does not mean that homeschooling is exempted from challenges. Yes, I’ve wanted to quit a number of times for different reasons: mismatch of my teaching styles and my girls’ learning styles, discipline in the house, exhaustion physically, emotionally, and mentally. 

Well, it’s true that when you homeschool, your strengths would be highlighted as weaknesses, and your weaknesses would make you depend on God  Also, when we ask the girls if they want to stop homeschooling and go back to traditional school, they always end up going for homeschooling, even if at times, you’d hear from them remarks that they would like to go back to school. Lastly, I really think that homeschooling’s flexibility would give our girls an opportunity to have a better education and learning environment than a traditional school. Enrolling them in I.S. or British School will not even give us a 100% guarantee of the kind of education and environment we want for our kids.


WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT HOMESCHOOLING?

I love homeschooling because of the time spent together as a family. If we didn’t homeschool, we wouldn’t be able to go on vacations or travel together as often. Lately, I see my girls becoming close to each other, as sisters. Secondly, learning and parenting become more intentional. Thirdly, homeschooling gives our girls opportunities to pursue their interests and passion. Lastly, we get to focus on real-life skills and learnings that are not given much attention or emphasis in the classroom.

 

HOW HAS HOMESCHOOLING AFFECTED YOU AND YOUR FAMILY?

Homeschooling has affected me and my family by making it our lifestyle! Learning takes place anytime, anywhere…everytime, everywhere.

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH THOSE WHO ARE CONSIDERING TO HOMESCHOOL?

My tips to those who are considering to homeschool would be:

(1) Discuss the matter with your husband (or wife), kids, and if possible, your immediate families. You would need all the support you could get if you decide to homeschool, and understanding and support from your families and friends would mean a lot! Pray for this decision-making concern.

(2) Research, read, and if possible, interview homeschoolers, before you decide to switch to homeschooling for you to understand what it’s all about. It’s not bringing the books or the classroom in your house.

 (3) Then, assess yourself and see if you, your husband, your family are ready to homeschool. 

You can follow Racquel and her family’s journey through her blog at The World Is Our Classroom.

Mommy Talks – Michelle Padrelanan

Mommy Talks

Mommy Talks is featuring different homeschooling parents. Our guest for today is one of the first homeschooling moms I have ever contacted when I was still researching and thinking about homeschooling my daughter 2 years ago.  I am thrilled that she agreed to be featured over my blog today! Without further ado, let me introduce our guest for today, Ms. Michelle Padrelanan.

BRIEF INTRODUCTION

I am 39 years old, married for 17 years, with 4 children and another one on the way. I’m a WAHM – I blog, write articles for pay, and I review homeschool products, books and family-friendly movies on DVD. My husband, Dale, works in one of the major hotels in the country  and is very much devoted to us. Our eldest is Bethany, she is turning 17 this year. She loves to play the guitar, read, and is a very helpful Ate to all her siblings. Our second, Naomi, 13, is the actress of the family. She loves to sing, does funny character imitations, and is her Ate’s assistant in caring for their younger siblings. Gabby is our 3rd daughter. She is 7 years old and is already a very young fashionista who takes after her Ate Naomi. She loves to sing and dance as well. Our current youngest and only boy is Joshua. He is turning 5 years very soon! At a young age, he is very personable and a very active boy. I say he is the current youngest and only boy, because I am due to give birth to our 5th child, another baby boy, this June. All of us are looking forward to this precious addition to our family.

 

HOW DID YOUR HOMESCHOOLING JOURNEY BEGAN?  WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO HOMESCHOOL?

 

Our homeschooling journey began when I was about to enroll Bethany in Grade 1 in 2002. I sent her to school when she was 5 years old where she finished two years of schooling. When she was still in school, she would go to class for three hours everyday and come home with assignments. I noticed that when I did not tutor her at home, she will not pass her tests in school. I was still working then and there was a period of time when I was unable to teach her at home. This resulted in a poor report card grade for her. Her teacher spoke to me and basically blamed me for her poor grade. Well, this got me thinking. I thought to myself, “I’m paying the school to teach my child, but she will not learn anything if I don’t tutor her at home. What am I paying them for? I’d better just teach her myself. I know I’d do a better job at it.” At that time, she also had a teacher with poor English diction from whom she has learned words like “i-snake” and “i-school”. I mean, that teacher is a dear, but I really just cannot accept that my daughter was already speaking like her. When I corrected her, she said that’s how their teacher taught them. Even before she graduated, with honors, from that school, I began taking action.
I had already heard of homeschooling from other Christian families and started making inquiries. The first homeschool primer I attended was the one that Marlyn del Rosario and other moms like Irma Chua, Angeli Panganiban and Dodette Manguerra hosted. I was so inspired hearing them talk about their homeschool! They spoke of kids loving the Lord will all their heart, the children’s freedom to learn what they wanted to learn at their own pace, the daily freedom from commuting to and from the school, the freedom from bullies and peer pressure. Looking at those families that day, I knew that’s what I wanted. 
Our family’s journey to homeschooling began. I describe it as a journey because it really is. Homeschooling is a major part of our life. When we describe our family, we always say we are homeschoolers. It has not been easy. I wear many, many hats – wife, mother, household manager, homeschool teacher, daughter, sister, friend. The homeschooling lifestyle is very different. It’s not like I can set aside all the other things in our lives so that I can blissfully homeschool them. I always have to choose what I will have to do first. If any of us are sick, we stop for a few days and concentrate on getting better. If I have to help my husband with our business, I have to leave assignments for my children to accomplish on their own. We don’t always get things done. In fact, my children are a little bit late academically. But we have continued on with this lifestyle because of its many benefits. 
The benefits are being free to teach our children about God and His love for them; a very close family bond; and well-adjusted and obedient children. Though academics are important and we expect them to excel, we place a higher value on character development and attitudes. After all, what good are good grades in school, if they don’t know how to manage their lives well in the future?

 

HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO STOP HOMESCHOOLING? 

 

Have I ever thought of stopping? All the time! It’s really the easiest thing to do – to hand over the reins of  their education to a school. It will mean a lot of freedom for me. But when I think of how far we’ve come, how much we enjoy being together, how blessed I am to see them learning, how blessed I am that my children are obedient to us – I forget all the hardships.  

 

DO YOU HAVE SOME TIPS YOU CAN SHARE WITH THOSE WHO ARE CONSIDERING TO HOMESCHOOL THEIR KIDS?

 

A few major things:
1. Be one with your spouse in your desire to homeschool. It’s hard to make a go of it if your spouse is not supportive. The tendency is that the non-supportive spouse will listen to every opinion there is about homeschooling and will try to discourage you from doing it.
2. Get to know your children better. Reach their hearts first and you will not have a problem teaching them. With hearts already open to you, the teaching comes very easy.
3. Get God into the loop. It’s easy to begin homeschooling. What’s difficult is to sustain it. If the only reason you homeschool is to maybe avoid the high tuition fees, then this is not enough to see you through. Like many of us, we homeschool because we believe that it is our God-given duty to do so. We do it because we know there is a higher standard of parenting and that the God of the Bible is holding us up to. I gather my strength from the Lord. Without Him, I really won’t be able to do it at all.


Michelle has already given birth to their baby boy last April 22, 2012. Her son is premature at only 30 weeks gestation. As of this time, he is already three weeks in the NICU and is recovering well. All is well, by the grace of our loving God! You can follow Michelle at her blog Beyond the Silver and the Gold. Know more about a Filipino family’s homeschool journey.

Mommy Talks – Joy T. Mendoza

Mommy Talks

Mommy Talks is back for its second season! This year, we are starting off by featuring different homeschooling parents. Our guest for today is someone who I look up to. I am thrilled that she agreed to be featured over my blog! Without further ado, let me introduce our guest for today, Ms. Joy T. Mendoza.

BRIEF INTRODUCTION

I am a wife, mother, homeschool parent, newbie blogger, and consultant to a homeschool program called, The Master’s Academy. Edric and I are blessed with four children – three sons and a daughter. After giving birth to my fourth child, Edric and I decided that it was best for me to be at home with the children and to focus on homeschooling full-time. (Prior to this, I was helping out part-time with TMA Homeschool’s preschool department.)

Motivated by the desire to help young families with their homeschooling, and with the extra time I had on my hands as a homemaker, I decided to start a blog last year called “Teach with Joy.” It offers a 360 degree perspective on homeschooling. As a once-upon-a-time homeschooled kid, a home school program consultant, a homeschool parent, and someone who also went to a conventional school, I have seen homeschooling from all sides. But one thing I don’t claim to be is an expert at parenting or homeschooling. My journey as a parent is in its early stages, and I invite people to learn from my mistakes, failures, comical moments, and triumphs. At the end of the day, I want people to discover the joys of parenting and homeschooling with me. Most of all, I want to bring glory to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN HOMESCHOOLING?

I started homeschooling our eldest son, Elijah, when he was just a baby. Coming from a family who homeschooled taught me a couple of things about education. For one thing, homeschooling is a lifestyle. Based on that definition, I have been teaching for the past nine years.

WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO HOMESCHOOL?

When Edric and I decided to homeschool, it was in response to our God-given responsibility that we must teach them to love, know, serve, obey, and worship God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength (Deuteronomy 6:5-7) and to train up our children in the way that they should go (Proverbs 22:6). First and foremost, it was an act of obedience. Everything else was secondary – time, effort, ability, materials, sacrifices, etc. God supplied the answers to our secondary concerns. But to be honest, I was sold on homeschooling even before I became a mom. Since I had grown up in a homeschooling family, it was the same lifestyle I hoped to have for my own children. I praise God that Edric was all for it.

HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO STOP HOMESCHOOLING? WHY OR WHY NOT?

Not yet. We take it one year at a time. As our family grows closer to one another and our children grow in wisdom, stature and favor with God and man (Luke 2:52), homeschooling remains our lifestyle of choice. Since God told us to homeschool, he will also tell us when it is time to stop.

COMING FROM A FAMILY WHO HOMESCHOOLED, WHAT DID YOU LIKE THE MOST? AND WHAT DIDN’T YOU LIKE?

I liked the family bonding, quality time together and quantity time, the closeness and security of family, and most of all, being taught to love Jesus and live for him. I didn’t have anything I disliked about homeschooling. 

DID YOU EVER FELT LIKE YOU “MISSED” OUT SINCE OTHER KIDS ARE GOING TO A CONVENTIONAL SCHOOL?

I didn’t feel like I missed out on being in a conventional school. When I did go into a conventional school, I was surprised at the values of people and the things they talked about. A lot of focus on boys, talking about others, “fun”, and how the cool people were the slackers and rebellious kids. I wish I could have been homeschooled longer. I don’t think I was spiritually ready for the peer pressure.

SHARE SOME TIPS ABOUT HOMESCHOOLING YOUR KIDS

Tip # 1: Begin with a goal for your children and then align what you do as a homeschool parent with that goal. Head in that direction.

Tip # 2: Don’t focus on what you cannot give or do not have. Parents sometimes tell me, “I’m not patient enough. I don’t know if I can do that. I still have to work…” If God calls you to homeschool, he will supply the grace, ability, wisdom, creativity, and provision for you to do so. He will sustain you.

Tip # 3: Get connected to other homeschoolers. Community is important to homeschooling families. A support group helps you go the distance. Sharing your experiences, challenges, and best practices with other homeschool moms or dads gives you weekly encouragement.

Tip # 4: Have an out-of-the-box perspective on education. Homeschooling is a way of life, it’s not sitting a child at a desk for four hours every day and taking the conventional school system into your home. There are many homeschooling methods that work for each type of child and family, and many different learning styles that need to be accommodated. Once you let go of the “conventional school mindset,” homeschooling becomes fun and enjoyable for both you and your child.

Tip # 5: Focus on character first before academics. The academics part is easier when children are attentive, obedient, responsible, trustworthy, diligent, etc.

Tip # 6: Be a Christ-centered parent. Issues like impatience, anger, frustration, lack of motivation, stress and the like are manifestations of me-centered parenting. The key is to walk intimately with God.

Tip # 7: Pray for your children. Ask God to give them a teachable and responsive heart to your instruction and training.

 

You can follow Joy at her blog Teach With Joy.  Discover the joys of homeschooling and parenting!