It's the heart that matters
Open any national homeschool magazine or visit any large homeschool conference, and you may feel overwhelmed by the curriculum choices available. Classical, Charlotte Mason, unit studies . . . which one is really the best? Not only are there different curricula, but there are different methods. Should you start teaching your 4-year-old to read, or should you wait until he begins to pick up books on his own at age 8? Should you homeschool year round or take a break in the summer?
I'd like to offer my perspective as a homeschool graduate. Our family did not stick to one particular curriculum or method while I was growing up. Some years we did unit studies; other years we used standard texts in all subjects; and for at least one year, my mother created her own assignments from encyclopedias and library resources. While I'm sure there are benefits to each approach, and I don't mean to discourage or disparage those who have found that one approach works best for them, my personal experience was that the method was not nearly as important as the heart.
My mother's unwavering commitment to homeschooling and her will to do everything in her power to help us succeed shone through. My siblings and I knew that no matter what our attitudes or actions might be, she would not give up on us or send us back to school. Though frustrating at times, when we imagined that we might have more fun at the nearby public school, over time her commitment instilled in us the realization that our education and our spiritual well-being were priorities to our parents, and ought to be priorities for us. Imperceptibly to us, a transition has been made, so that now we are the ones who have a love of learning and are taking personal responsibility for the direction of our lives.
I would encourage parents who really feel that the Lord has led their family to homeschool to endeavor to pass on this same commitment to their children.
- contributed by Leah Garber, HSLDA Exhibit Coordinator
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