Homeschooling can seem like a daunting journey, especially for those who are new to the concept. We are unsure of where to start, overwhelmed by the notion of taking on our children’s education, and feel as if we are not enough. May we offer encouragement for families unsure of the adventure called homeschooling.
There are times I think four kids is no big deal. They’re all relatively close in age, they entertain each other, they work at almost the same pace, and we’ve adjust to the changes of a growing family gradually. However, there are also times when having four kids is madness. Four kids needing to be fed, four kids wanting to be involved in separate activities, four kids needing to be educated, four kids needing help, four kids needing attention.
If God is calling you to homeschool, but the thought of organizing and teaching a multitude of children sends shivers up your spine, you’re not alone. Here are a few lessons we’ve learned along the way, which make homeschooling all the little people in our house easier.
Pray – Before we do anything, the first thing we ought to do is pray. We ask the Lord to show us ways to move forward in this area, giving us wisdom in how we use our time, and resources. We pray the Lord would give us peace and patience to homeschool our children.
Organize Yourself – Having a large family often requires a bit of extra planning. Before we even begin tackling the notion of homeschool, we should start by organizing ourselves. Are we managing our time well? Are we using our resources to the best of our ability? Are there areas which could use personal improvement?
Organize The Home – Once we’ve organized ourselves, the next step is to look at our homes. Having a clean, organized working environment makes all the difference within a large family. The better organized we are, the smoother things will function. We ought to organize our resources, taking stock of what we might need, and organize our daily routines (such as chores and household needs).
Put a Plan in Place – With our lives better organized, it’s time to turn our attention to Homeschooling 101; this will help us better plan our year, our weeks, and our days. We’ll organize our curriculum, figure out how we can teach to a multitude of ages, and schedule a routine for our learning. Keep in mind no two family plans are the same; allow the Lord to lead your family as He sees fit. But, having a plan is half the battle. When we Fail to Plan, We Plan to Fail.
Be Realistic – No matter how well we plan, life is always going to hand us curve balls. We need to be realistic in our expectations and open to the Lord’s leading. There are days when our routines are going to work perfectly. There will also be days when our routines go flying out the window. Take each day as it comes, enjoy the adventure.
Having a large family doesn’t mean homeschooling is impossible, it just means we have to be a little more creative and pray for tons of patience. With the Lord help, we can homeschool our children, no matter how many we have.
“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.”
Time to Chime In: What do you consider a large family; four kids, five, or ten? Share your thoughts with us!