When you’re homeschooling all of your children, it is important to take time to create unity in your homeschool. By creating unity, you’re not only helping your children build relationships with each other, but also with you and your husband.
When a homeschool family is united, they discover how to learn together, depend on each other, work together and play together nicely. Since homeschool families spend much of their time together it is extremely important that unity is found in the home.
Creating unity in your home is not an easy task. There will be days when you want to throw in the towel, but as with all difficult aspects of parenting, there is a reward at the end.
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Some of you may be wondering, what does unity in a homeschool look like?
When a homeschool family is united they work together completing school projects, when a younger sibling has a question the older sibling explains the concept to them or dad may step in to teach a class that is his strong suit while mom attends to the housework. Homeschooling is a family calling and unity makes it beautiful.
5 Ways to Create Unity in Your Homeschool
Have a central homeschool location and time
Building unity in your homeschool begins with doing it together. While there may be times that one of your children needs one on one attention, when everyone is working on their school at the same time, in the same place, this will help create unity in your homeschool.
Allow your older children to help their younger siblings
As a mother your hands are always full with many tasks waiting for your attention. Older siblings can provide help and guidance to their younger siblings when you’re in the middle of another task. Sometimes the older sibling is able to explain things better than you can! By allowing your children to help each other with their schoolwork, you’re creating unity in your homeschool and they’re building a strong relationship.
Complete activities and projects as a group
Almost every activity can have the difficulty increased or decreased to allow for all siblings to participate in some way. Whenever possible complete science experiments, art projects, mapwork and other homeschooling activities together as a group. Unity is built by growing and working together.
Put aside all non-school related tasks during school time as much as possible
We expect our children to focus on their school work solely during school time, we need to make sure we’re doing the same thing. This step is important in creating unity in your homeschool because you need to be focused on your children and building relationships with them during school time.
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Teach some subjects to all your children at once
Learning together can be fun! Pick a subject that is easily adaptable for multiple ages and teach all of your children together! The conversations, ideas and projects that will result from being taught together will create unity in your homeschool and build strong relationships in your family.
Building relationships is an important part of the homeschool journey. Teaching children how to work together, learn side by side and listen to parental instruction are huge steps on the journey to unity. There will be days when you feel as if you’re failing to create unity in your homeschool and family, but you must remember that it is a journey. Ups and downs will come your way, but in the end unity will prevail if you continue to pursue it.
Find the rest of the homeschool mom needs series here.