Why wasn’t she moving faster? Didn’t she understand that I wanted her to get through the material in the next half hour? I really wanted to get through this part of our day so we could move on to other things. It really shouldn’t have taken this long. (I was thinking.) Then, the Lord hit me full on… was I teaching the curriculum or was I teaching my children? Oops; guilty as charged!
I think, sometimes, we homeschool parents can get caught up in the wonderful resources we have available to us. We ooh and aah over new-found books, get excited about special projects, and store up on awesome resources. In all our enthusiasm, I wonder if we have completely forgotten why we do what we do.
Are we getting caught up in buying resources which seem wonderful and pushing our children through the motions without bothering to ask ourselves if this is helping our children actually learn or, even if they are learning, if they are enjoying the learning process?
Heaven forbid I force my children through hours of lessons every single day just so I can say I finished a book we purchased. Lord help me if I am pushing my kids to finish materials in a certain amount of time simply because I have other plans for the day. Shame on me!
Now, don’t get me wrong! In our learning, we most certainly have a wide arrangement of resources available to us and I highly recommend using them to the fullest. However, I just need to be careful that the resources are being used as a help and not as the driving force behind my children’s education.
Ultimately, I don’t want my children to simply learn how to finish a book (although that is a good skill to be learned). I want my children to love learning! I need my children to fully understand the world in which they live and the impact the Lord wants them to make in their own sphere of His creation.
The books, games, projects, and field trips we have before us can be used wonderfully in each of our learning endeavors. I just want to be careful of how I am putting them to use. At the end of the day, if the only thing my kids did was push through a stack of paperwork so I can say we were productive, I have failed in my job. Getting through the books isn’t the goal! The goal is to teach my children, to reach their hearts, to minister to their souls, and to encourage a love of learning.
I need to make sure I am teaching my children and not merely the curriculum!
Time to Chime In: Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a lesson and suddenly realized this was not working?! How did you redirect your learning to be more productive for your children?