Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A lovely list for Home school Moms!

~ Principles of Happy Moms Who Home Educate ~

I thought that this list was just excellent! I will be printing this out and putting on my bulletin board to remind myself of many of these thoughts during our school year.

* God is in control of our family’s home education.

* Home education is a portion of my full vocation as wife and mother. Keep it proportionate.

* Home education, when done from love and humility, is a steady path to sanctity and heaven.

* Home education is primarily a way of life, not an alternative to school.

* My husband is objectively the spiritual head of our household, the spiritual director of our home education.

* All home education decisions are prudential between husband, wife, and God. Leave the neighbors out of it.

* Homeschooling is mostly joyful and right. It is also hard work worth doing and involves purposeful suffering.

* Anxiety and worry are not an inevitable part of home education or an outward sign of hard work. They are signs to re-group.

* Burn-out is preventable.

* There is no perfect curriculum (self-designed or prepackaged.) Perfect is the enemy of the good. Be content with good enough. (Good enough does not justify sloth which is not good enough. Know when to realize that any additional effort toward improvement would result in a negligible improvement, especially in comparison to the effort required to gain it.)

* Plan primarily based on the truth about Mom, playing to my strengths, secondarily on the needs of the family as a whole, thirdly on the individual needs of each child, playing to their strengths.

* Emphasize character formation for all, especially formation that increases family harmony and independent decision-making.

* Academic achievement is over-rated.

* Focus on today.

* Progress is not linear and best gauged over time.

* We’re never behind. We’re exactly where God wants us. We entrust the past to God’s Divine Mercy and the future to His Divine Providence.

* Saints do not compare themselves to their neighbors because they keep their eyes fixed upon God.

* Delegate out of humility.

* Know when to take a break to refresh and renew.

* Know what I need to feel comfortable in my home. Prioritize maintaining a basic level of order.

* Discussion counts as an invaluable learning and teaching tool.

* Mastery takes time, for student and educator.

* Laughter is good, even when it needs to be redirected.

* Academic standards are arbitrary.

* Time spent on curriculum planning is time not spent on other things.

* Money spent on curriculum is money not spent on other things.

* A sense of humor lightens our load.

* Enthusiasm is contagious.

* Enthusiasm enhances motivation and engagement.

* Engagement and practice increases retention.

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At July 7, 2010 at 9:42 AM , Anonymous Danielle B said...

Awesome!!! I love this! Thanks for sharing. We keep getting asked when Aiden (our 4 year old) will start school. When I explain that we're homeschooling and won't really start until NEXT fall, I get those looks, "What about preschool?" I just have a gut feeling that my son won't actually benefit from a preschool curriculum, and that he needs to be given plenty of time to continue developing before beginning school. I've felt for some time that I need to hold firm to the things that God lays on my heart and not worry about what others might think. Thanks again for posting this, especially the parts about not worrying about what your neighbor thinks. Food for thought over the coming months!!

At July 8, 2010 at 12:45 AM , Blogger CarmenV said...

Thank you for sharing! just what I needed, sometimes we need to be reminded why we are homeschooling and who is in control. We are in a transition here, one in high school and the second starting high school soon. Many decsions to be made and what freedom Father gives us when ultimately gets to decide. Praise the LORD!


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