Make a List of Why You HomeschoolApril Elstrom
It’s been a rough week in our homeschool. I have had all the negative aspects of homeschooling thrown in my face on a daily basis such as that struggle to be both parent and teacher simultaneously. My children have fought me on nearly every assignment this week.
I need to stop and take a look at an altar of remembrance — a reminder of all the reasons why I homeschool and all the positive things it brings me and my family.
Maybe you’re right there with me. I’ll share my list, and then you sit down and make your own list. of what’s good and positive about homeschooling.
The Best Parts of Homeschooling
- Being there when your child gets it in math or any subject.
- Teaching your child to read.
- Seeing older siblings help younger siblings with their schoolwork.
- Hearing your teen tell you how much they enjoy a subject.
- Learning something new alongside your child.
- That rare moment when you’re reading aloud and they’re all listening.
- When your kids finish their lessons early and are able to play together.
- Any time your child is excited about something they learned and comes to tell you all about it.
- Seeing your child lost in a good book.
- Watching your preschool children learn as they are surrounded by their older siblings busy at schoolwork.
- Hearing your children discuss their lessons with each other.
- Hearing your children bring their lessons to life in their playtime.
- Knowing you were there for your kids all day long, investing in them.
- Knowing they’re learning more than just facts but life lessons as well.
- Knowing they’re using a curriculum that you have chosen and approve.
- Seeing the strong relationship your children have with each other.
- Knowing you’ve given them a culture of learning.
I don’t see these special moments every single day. Many days I have to cling to the fact that I’m being faithful to the calling God has put on my life—He called my husband and me to homeschool. We’re following Him, and that’s good.
If you keep a journal, write down the good things as you experience them. Any time you have one of those moments where you think, “This is why I homeschool,”write it down! There will be days when you will need to look back at that list for encouragement of a reminder why you are homeschooling.
Write it down so it can be a testament to you. Like the Old Testament altars and pillars that allowed the Israelites to say “that is where God did something powerful,” you can look back at your list and say “That is why I homeschool.” and “That moment shows me I’m doing the right thing.”
Share that list with someone close like your husband or good friend. Share the blessings with them, because I’m sure they hear all about the struggles. Build a written altar, a paper pillar, and tell someone, “Look what God did in our homeschool today!”
Look at the good moments and be encouraged.