The next essential step in a successful homeschool journey… establishing a philosophy for learning.
Philosophy – a theory or attitude held by a person or organization that acts as a guiding principle for behavior.
Through both prayer and discussion with your husband (steps 1 & 2 of Homeschooling 101), begin to establish what it is the Lord wants from your family in this adventure called learning.
Now, by philosophy, I don’t mean which method of teaching you wish to subscribe to (that is a whole different ball game). What I want new families to focus on, is listening to the call of the Lord and hearing what He is asking of their homeschooling.
For example, in our home, our learning philosophy is thus: We want our children to read well, write well, and think well, all to the glory of God. Our belief is that we do not yet know where the Lord is calling them to serve, either in ministry or in a career. By developing these three areas, we are preparing them for whichever field He calls them to. No matter what else we do, no matter which “method” of learning we choose, these guidelines rise above the rest.
Knowing the guiding principles of our homeschooling gives us a constant ruler by which to gauge all our choices for the long haul, helping eliminate the seemingly overwhelming amount of directions to choose. Is this curriculum helping us to further our goal? Is this activity going to reinforce our mission?
Before deciding on which curriculum is best or to which “method” of teaching you subscribe, first take a moment to let the Lord lead your home. Which direction is He most wishing you to focus on?
Veteran Parents: How did you establish the philosophy behind your family’s homeschooling?
“…that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works”
– 2 Tim. 3:17