Child-Led Changes to Our Homeschooling

child-led_changes_in_homeschoolingI plan our year well in advance. Everything is in order, everything has a place. So when my child comes to me and says we need to make a change, you can bet I’m not jumping for joy. My control is slowly slipping away. But something better is taking its place, if only I have eyes to see.

We want our children to take an active part in their learning; to communicate their needs and struggles. While not every suggestion will be met with affirmation, we wish to take their thoughts into consideration and help them grow.

Whether it’s a schedule change, a mix-up of curriculum, or a newfound interest which requires more time, when we let go of our control and allow God to lead, amazing things begin to happen. Encouraging our children to share their thoughts on our homeschooling creates open communication and a better learning experience.

While I do my best to plan our year well and pray over each area of study, there will inevitably be changes. This doesn’t necessarily mean my planning went wrong, or that I wasn’t listening to the Lord. Instead, the Lord has something better in store and a lesson needed to be learned. (Not that I should discount the occasional redirection when my ideas have gone astray from where the Lord intended. I’m human.)

It would be key for me to remember, I truly never have control. This isn’t my homeschooling, but the Lord’s. I can fight, I can fuss. But at the end of the day, God’s will is best. It’s when I let go of control and let God move that I begin to see the fulness of His plan unfold. It’s a beautiful thing.

“There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.”
~ Proverbs 19:21

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3 thoughts on “Child-Led Changes to Our Homeschooling

  1. We are in our third year of homeschooling now, and the schedule that we’ve used over the first term has worked really well! It is due in part to exactly what you’re talking about, listening to my children and acknowledging their needs. We now go outside first every day for an hour before starting our book work. It seems like a small change, but it helps all of us, myself included!

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  2. In Australia we are finishing our school year, but my kids are giving me suggestions for next year. It’s nice that they have a say in what they will be learning and I’m sure as the year goes along,as you say, things will change. I must admit though, I am much like you and I like to plan, plan, plan and I struggle when the plans need to change!

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