For today’s homeschooling tip I’m going to keep it simple…Don’t compare! It’s easy to compare, we all do it. Women compare their bodies, men compare their cars, kids compare their toys, dogs compare their bones with other dogs, etc.
By comparing we can add unnecessary pressure (stress) to ourselves and our children. Kids learn at different rates. This is something I had to learn and something I have to remind myself of sometimes. It’s okay if our children don’t learn to read until their nine. So what, who cares, as long as they learn. Learning is not a race. We should strive on creating a joy for learning and developing secure confident children.
Don’t fall into the trap of comparing, no one wins in that scenario.
Tuesday’s Homeschooling Tip: Write it Down!
It’s the start of a new school year and maybe even your first year of homeschooling. My tip today is to write down why you are homeschooling, your vision for the year and your vision for each of your children.
Just like a runner trains for a race we prepare for our school year. We read and research and read some more, then choose the “perfect curriculum”, then we clip our coupons and go out on tax free weekend to buy all the school supplies we could ever need. Our emotions are high…it’s a new school year and we can’t wait to get started. The gun is fired and we are off, but half way through the year, or maybe half way through the first week, you want to quit! Thoughts like, “what was I thinking?” and “I will never be able to teach my kid to read?” flood your mind. Athlete’s also hear their body tell them they can’t go on, their legs become tired and their arms become weak, this is when they can choose to give up or visualize the reason why they started the race in the first place. As they picture the purpose (the prize) of the race they get their second wind and press through.
Homeschooling is not easy, it’s sometimes stressful and very demanding, but it’s worth it! When negative thoughts and fatigue come in, pull out your paper that has your vision and your purpose for homeschooling, then press through…at the end of the year you’ll be happy you didn’t give up!
1 Corinthians 9:24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.