The thought of homeschooling your child or children can be overwhelming. Here are some steps you can take to make it simple. 🙂
1. Pray. Ask God for His guidance and provision. God knows everything! He is willing to share His wisdom and advice with those who ask Him.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. — James 1:5
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! — Mathew 7:7-1
2. Think about why you want to homeschool, and what your goals are. Write them out if that helps you. It is important to know what is most important to you, so you can focus on it in good times, and hold on to it during difficult times.
3. Research. Learn about homeschooling laws in your country and province/state. Learn about the programs, books, and resources available – both in your community and online.
4. Think about yourself, your children, and your family goals, schedules, and routines. Decide on an initial plan, with the understanding that it can be changed if needed on a weekly, monthly, or yearly basis, depending on what it is and what needs changing. It is hard to tell sometimes if a child or family needs to persevere through something, change it a little or a lot, or just get rid of it altogether and try something else. I am so thankful for a dear teacher of ours who told me: “Make a peaceful home where learning happens.” I have held on to that ever since, and it is our motto and main plan. Above all, our home needs to be peaceful. That is what we seek, daily, monthly, and yearly. I want my children to love homeschooling, and I want to love it too – mostly, anyway! There will always be disagreements, difficulties, and sometimes tears (and that is ok, because we can all learn to work together and forgive each other), but it should be a rather small part of your school and your life. If that is turning into a daily reality, I would suggest changing or removing the causes of such unhappiness.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. — Galatians 5:22-23
5. Continue to pray, think, research, problem-solve, and enjoy your homeschool. I hope that this website makes some of that easier for you. <3