Homeschooling really begins at birth and it doesn’t really end when your child graduates. Your role just changes. Your job title changes from primary educator to learning facilitator to advisor and mentor. Ultimately, there are three things my husband and I desire our children to learn and be able to do when our official homeschooling is complete. We pray that our children will love the Lord, love each other (and those God puts in their path), and love learning. Our vision is guided by three statements: a Bible verse, a family mission statement, and a famous quote.
- “ Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22: 37-38)
- They will have the COURAGE and CURIOSITY to leave home but have the DESIRE and LONGING to come back. (Family Mission Statement)
- “Never let [our] schooling interfere with [our] education.” (Mark Twain)
There are so many ways to homeschool. Every family and every child is different so there really is no “one size fits all” method, and there is no method or curriculum that truly is “the best”. However, I firmly believe the less complicated approach is always better. If you are praying about homeschooling and feel overwhelmed by the idea or you are already homeschooling and feel overwhelmed by the task, attend one of our Mom Events. Through stories, testimonies, examples, explanations, advice and a little humor (which let’s admit every mom needs), we will help you turn defeat into victory, confusion into calm, fear into faith, and worries into peace. Homeschooling really can be as easy (and as fun) as Child’s Play. CLICK HERE for more information or register online for our next event in March.
Also, understanding your child’s learning style or your personality type is very helpful when educating your own at home. However, the KEY to truly enjoying your homeschool adventure is knowing and understanding your homeschool “style” and then walking this homeschool journey with other homeschooling moms who can give you sage and godly advice. If you would like one on one, in-person help getting started on this homeschool adventure or help jump-starting your current homeschooling journey and can’t wait till March for our next special weekend for homeschooling moms, CLICK HERE for information on how to set up an appointment with Carrie and how to utilize our homeschool style assessment.
Less is more and simple is better! With this motto, I do not want to overwhelm moms with tons of books to read, articles to research or curriculum to buy. However, you will find listed below my all-time favorite resources. I do not work for these companies nor do I make a profit off of endorsing their products. Many of these I also share and discuss at our Mom Events and during Coffee With Carrie Consulting meetings. There are so many more wonderful resources out there but since time is a commodity and very limited, I humbly recommend you start with the resources below.
The Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson
Teaching From Rest: A Homeschoolers Guide to Unshakable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie
Honey for the Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt
Ten Ways to Destroy Your Child’s Imagination by Anthony Esolen
The Successful Homeschooling Family Handbook by Raymond and Dorothy Moore
Educating the Wholehearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson
Homeschool Adventures: Learning Through the Power of Fieldtrips by Melissa Calapp
A Pocket Full of Pinecones by Karen Andreola