Georgia Homeschooling Information & Updates

Always More to Learn

Child Learning

Education is not quite as mysterious as it sometimes seems.  The truth is that education is a line upon line, precept upon precept project that never ends.  Homeschooling recognizes that all of life is learning, and we seek to create life-long learners.  Education is not confined to a classroom; it is life itself.  While that sounds like an intimidating reality, it is a comforting one.  As the homeschool journey unfolds, we realize that each year simply allows us to build on knowledge gained previously.  It is an exciting journey.  It reminds us why the foundation is critical.

Real Learning

Real Learning

When we added a puppy to our home, we purchased a set of training DVDs to help us ‘get things right. ‘I would love to say we are devouring those DVDs, but the truth is we snack at them.  Even the snacking is bearing fruit.  A recent clip from the trainer pierced my home schooling heart:

Beyond the Lesson Book: Pets

One of the best things about home education is that it opens opportunities for learning that simply can not fit more traditional schedules.  We will take a regular look at some irregular ways to maximize learning opportunities.   Pets are a great place to start.  Certainly I understand that children in public school have pets.  I also understand that time shortages exist.  Our lifestyle lends itself to getting the most out of every experience!

Persevere with Laughter

persevere in homeschooling

My favorite nuggets of advice when we began the homeschooling journey were:

“You know your weaknesses, so pray.”

AND

“If you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong.”

I’ve relied on those treasures of wisdom for thirteen years now!  There were a few years where I modified the second one to “If I’m not having fun, we’re doing something wrong.”  Your home may be different than ours, but our reality has been that sometimes the kids do not look at homeschooling as anything more than drudgery.  I still believe the love of learning that often launches we parents into homeschooling will be ‘caught’ by our children—but there are definitely days they will not have that love!

Character: Discipline

Parenting Building Discipline

Discipline.  It really is not a word we like, but it is one of the most important words in our homeschooling vocabulary.  It is a character trait that increases in importance as we age.  My body demands far more attention to stay healthy as I near fifty than it did at twenty!  Most worthy activities require discipline to see them to completion.  An efficient homeschool demands discipline from students and adults.

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