How do you measure homeschooling success?
What is homeschooling success to you?
How do you know you are getting where you want to be if you aren’t sure what you’re aiming for? Have you really thought through this, or are you just looking around and trying to do what everyone else is doing?
Most of us have a vague idea that if we turn out ‘good’ kids and teach history, science, math and English every year, manage to have clean clothes most of the time, and throw half-way healthy meals on the table daily, our homeschooling is a success.
Not to say that it’s not a success if you do all that. Believe me – I know how hard it is getting it all in.
Those things are all important. But if you’re like most homeschool moms, it’s the things we do without really considering our true priorities that put us over the edge.
That make us live like we are being dragged behind our minivans instead of being in the driver’s seat like we belong.
Don’t you compare what you’re doing in your homeschool with what everyone else is doing in theirs? Haven’t you been guilty of thinking…
- Shouldn’t each of my kids be in a sport year ’round?
- Shouldn’t we be learning Latin?
- Aren’t our kids going to be behind without starting athletics/ music lessons/art classes/ by age five, like everyone else’s kids?
- Shouldn’t we be doing _________ (fill out the blank with an expensive “homeschooling” program outside the home), like the other homeschooling families in our church?
It’s time to assess what homeschooling success looks like to YOUR family and let some of that other “stuff” fall by the wayside.
Identifying what homeschooling success means to YOU gives you a framework from which to judge everything: from what type of curriculum to choose, to what habits each of your children need to be trained in, to what activities you are going to participate in.
Does that upcoming field trip opportunity bring you closer to meeting one of your goals? No? Then maybe it isn’t the best use of your time, unless the social time is a priority for this season.
Does that curriculum you’re considering support a biblical worldview? Yes? If that would bring you closer to a primary goal, then that’s a superior choice for you over another curriculum that doesn’t support a biblical worldview.
Are you getting tired of being dragged behind that van?
If I am talking to you, leave a comment about what you want to change and why!
And be looking for part two of this post with a process for getting back into that driver’s seat.