Friday, June 11, 2010

Choosing Wisely

I have been asked many times what is your curriculum, how do you do this or that, what about a schedule…all valid questions and I try to always answer them thoroughly.  Yet, I hesitate because I never want to cause someone to feel what I did when I began this awesome journey to homeschool – OVERWHELMED.  I sat and listened to many homeschool moms tell what they were doing and I tried to figure out how to do that too – only I ended up feeling frustrated and unable to keep up with that kind of work load.   I was afraid to mess up and worse yet not teach our children what they need to know.

It took a bunch of mistakes and more soul searching for me to find I had all the answers all along.  God was going to help me connect with the right mom’s and learn about the tools I needed to help our family get through homeschooling so many children all at once – all at different levels.   Thus, I started this blog.  I want it to always be a resource to those just beginning and for all the rest of us who just need new ideas to teach a subject that we might struggle with.  I have found incredible resources along the way and always try to share them with you.  

With that said, God delivered this devotion to my email-box today.  I pray it blesses those you who are considering homeschooling or are just beginning.   Take the pressure of ourselves it is NOT meant to be there – rest in His knowing what is best for your family and that He will lead you to the right tools and curriculum for you to use.   I don’t even know what my style of teaching is called – maybe we could call it SCHOOLING HIS WAY!  Good idea right!

Choosing Wisely
Thursday / June 10, 2010
"Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors" (Psalm 119:24).

Choices are the very thing parents love about homeschooling, but they can also be very frustrating. After making the huge decision to homeschool, parents are immediately faced with a barrage of additional choices, such as which curriculum to use, what teaching method to follow, and countless other where, when, and how questions. With so many variables, new homeschoolers reach out to homeschooling experts for guidance. However, God created every child and home uniquely, and what works for one family might not work for another. Although the experience of other homeschoolers can help to guide us, ultimately only God can show us the perfect homeschooling plan He has designed for our family.

Trusting in the opinions of others can be helpful or disastrous, depending on the counselors you choose. King Solomon's son, Rehoboam, learned this lesson the hard way. After his father died and he became king, Rehoboam was faced with an intense rebellion of the people led by Jeroboam. Jeroboam and the people insisted that Rehoboam be more lenient on the workforce than his father had been. After they voiced their complaints, they asked for a response. Telling them to come back in three days for his answer, Rehoboam first consulted with the elders who had served his father. Not liking their wise response of "speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever," Rehoboam instead turned to the counsel of young men who grew up with him. Acting on their arrogant and prideful counsel, Rehoboam spoke harshly to the people and lost the following of almost the entire nation of Israel (1 Kings 12:1-17).

Are you overwhelmed by the myriad of homeschooling choices? Getting informed and familiarizing yourself with curriculums, techniques, and approaches is a great place to start. Be careful, however, when you actually make your decisions. Many opinions abound, but let the Lord's counsel be the one you trust most. In His wisdom, He'll continue to lead you, as you trust in His Word.

Lord, homeschooling seems so overwhelming, and I'm afraid of choosing the wrong things for my children. Please, show me how and where to start and guide me as we start on this new journey together. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Faithfully walking this journey with you!
Jill

PS I have been writing parenting articles for Totally Tots for almost six months now – would you like me to share them here?  What would you like to see more of here?

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this - it's exactly what I needed to hear right now...

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  2. Good devotion! Great advice!

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  3. I'm so thankful that God has opened my eyes and heart to homeschooling, even before children. Sometimes I think, "Why am I even thinking about this right now!?" But, I know that He is preparing me for what He has in store for me down the road, and for that I am so grateful.

    Thank you for your wisdom, Jill!

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