Lessons I Learned from HomeschoolingMaggie Hogan
Every child has a gift or two. Every child has a special need or two.
It’s not the method—it’s the time and the love.
It’s not the test scores—it’s the character.
It’s not a sprint—it’s a marathon.
Learning styles matter.
How to pick back up and start all over again.
Teenagers have so very much to offer.
To be open to new ways of doing, seeing, thinking.
That I am wrong much more than I’d like.
It is impossible to homeschool on my own strength.
You don’t have to be patient—just willing.
A sense of humor is your best defense.
The character flaws seen most often were mine.
If a curriculum isn’t working, dump it and move on.
Shiny new curriculum is seductive—be wise.
Written goals are a guidepost when you are floundering.
Chocolate makes a dreary task more enjoyable (for kids and moms).
The right music at the right time helps.
The right snack at the right time helps.
Yelling pretty much never helps.
Books allow us access to the world —past and present.
Setting the alarm and getting up does not make you a morning person.
Teens and toddlers need more sleep, more food, and more time than I ever realized.
God has a sense of humor.
Coffee belongs in the school budget.
I can’t do it all, on my own—so I cling to Philippians 4:13.
Training boys to be men calls for a man. (God bless my single and widowed friends!)
I don’t know nearly as much as I once thought.
I can’t teach them everything they need to know; however, I can show them how to find answers.
Every day is educational—whether for good or for bad.
Even when I make terrible mistakes, God has my back.
Simple things like games, car rides, inside jokes, and dinner time bind a family together in ways I could not have dreamt.
Just because siblings don’t get along when they are younger doesn’t preclude them from being close friends when they are grown.
If all else fails on any given day, try the following until something works:
Prayer. Coffee. Chocolate. Prayer. Recess. Prayer. Movies. Bed. Prayer.
And I leave you with this:
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 4:4‒7, NKJV)
How about you? What lessons did you learn from homeschooling this year?
– all photo credit: sprittibee