Many Christian parents want to homeschool their kids, but worry they’ll somehow “mess it up” – they think maybe they’re not educated enough, or won’t be able to keep their kids working and getting things done on time.
Preparation is the answer. With proper preparation, you can nip these fears in the bud and transition to homeschool with confidence. Below, we’ll help you out by providing some tips every homeschooling parent should pay attention to. From choosing the best materials, to how you can convert a spare room into the ideal homeschool classroom, we’ve got you covered.
Pray About It
Opting to homeschool your child is a big decision and, as with all big decisions, God will give you guidance if you ask Him to. 1 John 5:14 promises that God hears us when we ask His will. Nothing could be more important than your child’s future, and so you certainly want to be sure you are following the Lord’s plan for their life.
Go at Your Own Pace
One of the main perks of homeschooling is the ability to go at your own pace. When you first start out, it’s alright to take things slow and ask your child for feedback. Homeschooling is the ultimate in “individual attention” schooling – you can develop your program and way of doing things as you go. Don’t be afraid to tweak and experiment.
Encourage Your Child’s Creativity
Public schools do things by rote: math, science, history, and a dash of music and art. Homeschooling gives you an opportunity to bring more attention to the arts whether that’s painting, learning the piano, or writing stories. Feel free to explore with your child what they’re interested in and put more emphasis on these often overlooked but important fields.
This is a big one. As you begin to join the local homeschool community, you’ll learn a lot about how to modify your program. However, every child is different – don’t feel the need to emulate other programs exactly, or make sure your child is meeting the same exact benchmarks. As mentioned earlier, homeschooling is all about individual attention and should be tailored to your own child’s needs.
Just because you’re not comparing doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to meet certain goals. As you get to know your child better, you’ll learn what they can and can’t handle. Maybe you want to set a goal to get through this or that many chapters in the next few months, or have an A1 level in Spanish after a year or two.
Ultimately, if you feel it’s God’s will for you to homeschool your child, then you know you’re making the right decision. Have faith that everything will work out – if you do that, and pay attention to the tips we’ve listed above, everything will work out. Check out Proverbs 16: 3 for a bit of inspiration.
We won’t say homeschooling is easy, but it’s absolutely worth it to help your child grow in their walk with God. If anything, we can promise that it’ll get easier over time. If you do decide to homeschool, remember that you’re walking a well-trodden path, so don’t be afraid to reach out to others for help. Overall, trust in God, and remember you’re doing this for amazing reasons.