The real work has really just begun, homeschool prep is time consuming and fun at times, but the real work lies ahead. Before you begin your homeschool year you need to take time to prepare yourself for your homeschool year.
I believe that the homeschool mom’s attitude and purpose are key to having a successful homeschool year. We don’t know what will come our way throughout the year, so we must take time to prepare ourselves for the unknown.
Purposing to Have a Successful Homeschool Year
I encourage you not to skip this step in the homeschool prep process. It may not seem important, but it really is one of the most important steps in the process.
As homeschool moms our actions and our attitudes both greatly affect the attitudes and the work of our children. This does not mean that our kids will not struggle throughout the year. Learning is a struggle at times, it’s meant to grow and stretch us, thus it will be difficult sometimes.
Purposing in our hearts and minds to have a successful homeschool year is important before we kick off a new school year. We must lay aside the things we didn’t accomplish last year, the concerns we have for this upcoming year and anything else that could/will negatively affect our attitude or actions.
This is a step in the homeschool prep process where I take time to go back to the very beginning to step one.
Part of purposing is to know what your goals are for this homeschool year. I’m not talking about the planning goals you worked on in step two, I’m referring to personal goals you have for yourself and your children.
- What characteristic would you like to help mold in your child?
- In what does your child need to grow personally this year?
- How can you be a better teacher?
- Which child needs some extra attention?
Homeschooling isn’t just about school or textbooks. Having our children at home allows us the opportunity to teach and train them for the life ahead of them. We need to ensure we’re not just concerned with their education, but also with their spirit, attitude and actions. Who our children will become is more than what they learn in school, it’s how they are raised and what attributes we focus on throughout their childhood.
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