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Monday, October 03, 2011

A homeschooling mother of 26 years shares her wisdom

Wouldn't you just love the opportunity to invite a group of mothers who have been homeschooling 15 plus years over to your house for tea or coffee?  I know I would (and knowing me, I'll probably do just that some day).  In my opinion, the wisdom that these ladies have acquired is priceless.

One of the aspects of homeschooling that I find quite challenging (and possibly for some, one of the aspects of life in general) is the "not knowing."  Not knowing if what I'm doing or not doing is the right thing for my child's education.  For example, if my son refuses to write a paper, do I force him to do it; is there another approach I could take, and if so, what is it?  Will my child EVER grasp that concept he is supposed to learn?

What about those worries not directly related to school subjects?  Does my child have enough friends?  Will my child hate me or hate learning because of something negative I said, or the tone I used in which to say it?

We can't see into the future, but these mothers can because they have lived it.  They hold the wisdom that they've acquired from their own mistakes, and the knowledge of what worked for their family.  They can tell us what they would have done differently, or what they would do all over again.  But most of all, they can encourage us.  I admire, respect, and commend these mothers for not giving up on their children, or themselves. 

I was blessed to have had the opportunity to meet and listen to Vera, a mother with 26 years of homeschooling experience.  She homeschooled six children through graduation, and is currently homeschooling her youngest daughter.  She was a guest speaker at our homeschool support group's meeting last week.

I wish I could share everything she said in the two hours we were together, but what I can do is share that which spoke to me the most.
  • Homeschooling is something you should be called by God to do.  It is not something that should be done just because "your friends are doing it."
  • Friendships:  If your children have siblings, they can and most likely will become your children's best friends. 
  • Enjoy your children; the time with them will go by so fast!  
  • Read to your children; they learn SO MUCH from this simple act and these are the memories they will cherish.
  • Find out what your children are interested in and guide them toward that field.
  • Writing: They will get it!  Vera spoke about how her children write although they didn't seem to go through any intensive writing programs. 
  • Don't be so hard on your children. 
  • She shared some of her children's current professions which included being a captain of a military unit, working for a Fortune 500 company, and nursing.  
I would love for Vera to write an article allowing her to share her wisdom with you in her own words.  If you would be interested in this please let me know in the comments section.  Also, if there are particular questions you'd like her to address, leave those too.

I'll end this with one of the Bible verses that Vera shared with us that encourages her in this journey and may encourage you as well, Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord,
plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.

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  1. I wanted to ask Vera: Do you have any advice for home schooling more than one child with a learning and/or behavioral difficulty at one time. (Please understand that I am not referring to a child just put on a medication to make them “easier to deal with” but children with genuine issues that need to be addressed and managed.)

  2. I would be interested in reading more from Vera!


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