4 Character Lessons in Homeschooling

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The school year is almost done. A few more weeks to go and we should be concluding another school year. This school year has been a tough one for me. When I first began homeschooling 4 years ago, I thought that homeschooling would be easier as the years roll along but I learned recently that it is not so. I’m sharing with you 4 characters lessons  I’ve learned through homeschooling the past 4 years.

1. PERSEVERANCE. Because homeschooling is a lifestyle, learning takes more time. Learning is not only confined  to completing the workbook or finishing the assigned books. As you get to know your child more over the years, you realize how your child learns best. You provide these avenues where they can understand and appreciate the significance of what they are learning. Thus, it takes more of your time as you research about the best ways to teach your child. You look for educational opportunities outside of your house and plan for that field trip. You teach practical life lessons and pray that your child will grow in wisdom and in stature as the years go by. You assign projects where they practice what  they learn. Homeschooling entails hardwork, year after year. It doesn’t get easier.

2. FLEXIBILITY. What worked yesterday, may not work today. Your routine last month may not work this month because  life’s interruptions can bring changes to your daily routine. Homeschooling thrives in flexibility and as the parent teacher, you need to learn to be flexible and adaptable. Your kids are growing and they change as they enter different life stages, your relationship will work best if you embrace the changes and grow alongside with your kids.

3. HUMILITY. Be teachable and humble, always. It might be humbling to admit that there are areas in Math or Grammar that you might not be familiar with, but admiting our weaknesses and letting our children know that we don’t know it all is part of the learning process. As they see us handle things that we don’t know, they learn to respond the same way. Does your child give up easily? Are they frustrated or pressured? We need to constantly check our own attitudes. As we homeschool our kids, we need to remain teachable and humble too.

4. WISDOM.  You can’t do it all.  We want the best for our children and often we will feel limited with what we give them, but we must remember  GIVING THEM THE BEST DOESN’T NECESSARILY MEAN GIVING THEM EVERYTHING. We must remember that our children don’t need ALL the extracurricular activities, trips or activities out there. Recall the primary reason why you are homeschooling your children, and then choose activities based on your mission and your child’s interest. Engage in a few but meaningful activities. Don’t fret over what you don’t do. Accept that you can only do as much in a limited time and believe that God will give you the wisdom in choosing what is best for your child.

At the end of the day, homeschooling my kids is a privilege that God has blessed me. I know that it is not about my abilities, or my chidlren’s.  I know  the reason why we are able to accomplish anything with our homeschooling is all by His grace alone.

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So You’ve Decided to Homeschool, Now What?

You have researched. You have prayed. You and your spouse have finally decided to try to homeschool your child, now what is the next step?

I am sharing the next steps you can take. Please take note that this is written intended for those in the Philippines.

1. Decide whether you want to do this independently or enrolled in an accredited home education provider. What does a home education provider do? Basically, they provide you the Department of Education accreditation and the report cards.  I have a list of home education providers in the Philippines I made a couple of years back, you may browse through it so you can inquire the program of the different home education providers and how much their fee is. If you wish to homeschool independently, you may do so. If you plan to enroll your child in conventional schools later on, your child would need to go to DepEd to take PVT (validation test).

2. Locate a local homeschool support group. There are many homeschool families around and it is important that you get connected to at least one in your area so that your family will have friends who can help you along your homeschool journey. If you have social media accounts, you may join online groups in Facebook to find the nearest homeschool support group that meets in your area.

3. Set homeschooling goals. It is best to write down why you have chosen to homeschool your child. This will be your guide the whole year through. Also, it will help you decide which activities to attend, which curriculum to use and how you want to set your schedule as a family.

4. Find out your child’s learning style. There are 4 basic learning styles: the visual,  the auditory or verbal, the read and write and the kinesthetic or tactile.  Knowing this is vital before purchasing curriculum for your child.

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5. Choose the method of homeschooling you’d like to use. Methods include Charlotte Mason, Classical, Eclectic, Montessori, School at Home or Unschooling. For first time homeschoolers, most choose school at home. This is because we are most familiar with this type of method from conventional schools. They get boxed curriculum for all subjects.

6. Attend homeschool conferences. Get to meet other homeschool families and continue your research about homeschooling. Read about other family’s experiences and get tips which you may find useful.

7. Set up a conducive learning environment. While you have the luxury of not waking up too early, it is best to stay in a routine so that the children will know what to expect during the entire day. Turn off the TV, computers or gadgets unless used for studies. Make books accessible for the child to reach.

Here is a reminder though. No two families are alike. So while we get ideas from other families, we must not copy what they are doing because we have to find out what will work for our unique family. Homeschooling is not just about the curriculum, but we should remember that homeschooling is  a lifestyle.

Welcome to the wonderful world of homeschooling! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment and I will get back to you shortly.