Helps For New Homeschoolers: Defining Success

Helps For New Homeschoolers: Defining Success
Helps For New Homeschoolers: Defining Success

We need to know what we are aiming for before we can hit it. Success may not look like you think it will. And real success probably won’t look anything like success as defined by the world at large.

So before you start chasing those all illusive dreams for your children (and your homeschool), pray to understand what God’s plans are for them. Build your homeschool on the sturdy foundation of truth.

  1. Pray for wisdom. When we ask for wisdom to do His will, He hears us and answers that prayer. He will direct your paths (Proverbs 3:6).
  2. Determine what it means to be “educated.” A stack of workbooks completed? Or a love of learning fostered? A factoid holder? Or someone who knows how to learn?
  3. Appreciate your child’s natural gifts. Dad may come from a long line of Marines, but perhaps son is more of a poet. Success will not be found in fitting our children into our mold; we have to appreciate them for who they are — who God created them to be.
  4. Avoid comparative expectations. So what if “most” children learn to read at a particular age? Success will not be found in forcing our children into situations they are not ready for. We deal with unique individuals. So instead of relying on unrealistic expectations, we can understand where our child is and start there. Each day we can work with him, bit-by-bit, to move him forward, always respecting his pace.
  5. Invest in relationships. Success can be found in making wise investments in our relationships with our children. This really is the key to making a homeschool work. Investing in relationships is the key to making life work! (Matthew 22:37-40)
  6. Focus on the heart. Success is remembering our purpose. For there is more to education, much more, than merely academics. For what will our children have, if they gain the whole world, but lose their soul (Matthew 16:26)?

You can read more about successful homeschooling on our “A Few Basics” page.

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