Once you have decided that homeschooling is for you, it is most likely that you’re going to be reading and doing research on what homeschooling truly is and how to homeschool. It won’t take you long to learn that there are nearly as many different philosophies and ways of doing things as there are homeschool families.
Then, you’ll probably get information overload because not only are there tons of different homeschooling philosophies, there are also multiple curriculum books that you could use to get to your goal. When you’re surrounded by philosophies such as Charlotte Mason, Classical, Unschooling, Eclectic, and Traditional as well as the names of various curriculum such as Tapestry of Grace, Abeka, and Sonlight, how are you to choose what is best for your child?
This is a great time to pray! The first prayer that I have for my children is from Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
In my heart of hearts, I was going to be a classical homeschooler. I even, sometimes acting in my flesh, and under my own power, tried to force my children into classical education. (You can get a picture of this method in our homeschool if you look back to some of my earliest posts in my archives.) I loved the four year cycle of history, the classic works, the written narrations and memory work. I would have been happy being classical.
That wasn’t the direction that the Lord wanted me to go in. Why did God change my heart?
It turns out that I was also praying Proverbs 22:6 for my children.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it
Not only was I praying to set my children on the right path to lead them to God, I was earnestly seeking his will for how to educate my children. I wanted our homeschooling to be Bible-based and Spirit-led, and as I tried to move closer to what God wanted for us, I found that I was moving farther and farther away from a traditional education and more into a delight-directed, less structured household.
You may pray about this and find that God moves you in the opposite direction. God knows the combination of your personality and the precious souls that he entrusted to you, and he knows what’s going to work in your home.
Once God sets your feet on a path, he will give your children what they need. All parents worry about gaps in their kids’ experience and education, and you can trust God to fill in those gaps. You have only to pray about it and trust God to provide your children what they need.
Come back tomorrow and we’ll be talking about some of the prayers you might need to get through your homeschool day!
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5. Kayla @ The Arrowood Zoo
6. Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory
7. Deanna @ His Treasure Seekers
8. Melissa @ Grace Christian Homeschool
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