Homeschooling is a calling. It’s a commitment that is not for everyone. I firmly believe that homeschooling is part of my purpose in life.
Academics are essential in providing a sound education, but homeschooling is about more than just learning how to read and write. As I’ve written before, relationship is at the heart of it — relationship with Jesus and with each other. Being purposeful in homeschooling means instilling good character qualities based on Biblical examples just as much as learning algebra and fractions. Children learn best by seeing examples in practice, so this means we have to be mindful of showing them grace, patience, and love in our own behavior.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
In order to be purposeful in our homeschooling, it’s important to keep our “eyes on the prize.” For the days when the plans go awry and frustration runs high, here are a few ways to keep your focus and remember your purpose:
Choose a favorite Bible verse for your homeschool.
Memorize it with your children. Post it in a prominent place so you can see it all the time. Consider making a printable or some kind of art with it. Our homeschool verse is Psalm 90:12 ~ Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Name your homeschool.
People name the things they love. Naming your homeschool will give it more legitimacy and importance not only among others, but in your own heart. Give yourself credit for being a real teacher of a real school (that just happens to be in your own home). Our homeschool is called Legacy Academy. I chose the name because it represents what I hope to do — build a legacy of learning for my girls that they can carry with them all of their lives.
Write a homeschool mission statement.
Put your goals in writing and you are more likely to meet them. Remember the reasons you began homeschooling in the first place. I wrote about our homeschool credo, including our top 10 reasons for homeschooling, in this post. We also have a homeschool motto: Lux et Veritas. (Light and Truth in Latin.)
These ideas are simple, but it’s amazing what a difference it can make to rely on your faith and your sense of purpose when things feel overwhelming. It’s like a pep talk for your soul, which goes a long way in purposeful living.