Top Success Tips for Homeschooling Moms
I recruited my cousin and fabulous homeschool mom, Becky, to share a few tips of what she does as a homeschooling mom:
The Principles of Desire, Prayer and Work
Many people probably wonder why anyone in their right mind would homeschool. They probably think that one must be a glutton for punishment if they think they can pull it off. They assume that such efforts should be left to the professionals. There is so much to cover and test. How could you possibly cover everything at home plus accomplish all the other things that parents need to do to keep a home running smoothly? How could you maintain the ambition to keep going and going? These are all things that I thought about before I decided to homeschool my children. I wondered if I would be able to stick with it for years to come. It seemed a little overwhelming and illogical. However, there was something that I had learned in past years that kept coming to my mind. I have learned that to accomplish difficult things I must first have a desire to do it. Then with prayer and work I can accomplish it. I know that these principles work. So, I moved forward believing that with desire, prayer and work I could become a successful homeschooler.
If you have the desire to homeschool but think that you can’t because you are not qualified, then I say to you that you are qualified. You are qualified because you are a mother or father. The story of Ben Carson never ceases to amaze me. His mother guided him to become a world-renowned surgeon. She was uneducated and illiterate, a single mother working several jobs to make ends meet, but she saw the potential in her son and helped motivate him to become who he was meant to be. His mother observed the lives of successful and intelligent people. These people read books and rarely watched television. For her boys to be successful, she knew they needed to follow the same pattern. Ben Carson remembers the day his mother came home and told them that they needed to limit their T.V. watching to two shows a week, read two books and write a report for each. Ben and his brother were not happy about this but they respected their mother and reluctantly obeyed. This would prove to be a most helpful practice which fostered a love of learning.
The power of a mother in the lives of her children is incalculable. So, if you have the desire to homeschool your children know that you are qualified because you love them and you are their mother. As I chose to bring my children home I knew that I would be on an educational journey alongside them. We would learn and grow together and I would show them how much fun learning can be. I had the greatest desire within me to accomplish this monumental task and I knew that desire coupled with prayer and work would be the key to success.
I know that prayer has been the most valuable resource that I have had as a homeschool mother. God knows all things and He knows me and each one of my children. He knows our strengths and weaknesses and what we need. I have complete trust and faith that He guides us each and every day. When I turn to Him in prayer and ask for help I receive it.
A few years ago I decided that I wanted to learn to play the piano, a desire that I had for many years. So I ordered a program through my church and I prayed that Heavenly Father would help me to be capable of learning something so entirely foreign to me. Before each practice session I would pray that my mind would be quick and remember the things I was learning. It was a miracle. It worked beautifully. I can now play the piano.
I have prayed that Heavenly Father would help me with our educational journey, that we can be a strong and successful family and that we will be filled with light and truth to become the people we need to be, to fulfill our missions here on earth. I know that His help is slowly and surely distilling down upon us like the morning suns radiant rays which gradually fill the earth at the break of dawn. We are slowly and steadily being led to things and people we need in our lives. I believe that prayer is crucial for me to be successful at guiding each individual child on their path. Like I said, I can’t think of a greater resource in directing our families. However, God requires us to work to accomplish our goals.
I won’t lie to you, homeschooling is work but it is the best work that I have ever endeavored upon in my life. When I get discouraged I think back to the first two principles of desire and prayer. I want to do this and God will help me. Then I get on my feet and go to work. It takes small and steady steps to accomplish things and we won’t see huge results all at once. I hope that one day I will look back and see the great work we have accomplished with the help of God. I envision that the great accomplishments will not be just an exceptional ACT score or admission into a university of choice but that we will all have become who God needs us to be. I hope that we will make wise decisions and always be honest and upstanding people. I hope that all the hard work we put into learning will help us to be great leaders forging the way for others to follow. And above all I hope that the hard work will lead us to become like our Savior Jesus Christ. A favorite quote of mine by Daniel Webster says,
“If we work on marble, it will perish. If we work upon brass, time will efface it, if we rear temples, they will crumble into dust, but if we work upon immortal minds, and instill into them just principles, we are then engraving upon that tablet that which no time will efface, but will brighten and brighten to all eternity.”
Mr. Webster put to pen words of truth that echoes the daily efforts of this mother. I have often felt overwhelmed by the thought of homeschooling but this reminds me that teaching is of eternal importance. I feel so blessed to be able to participate in this work. In this process I never imagined that I would glean so much benefit. My learning and growth has been profound. I have learned so much. I have read and memorized and computed and accomplished really hard things. I have taken this educational journey with my children. It has been a beautiful adventure and I get the feeling that we have only just begun. Great adventures are ahead for our family. We are learning so much together and we are happy. My choice to follow my desire to homeschool my children has blessed my family as I have incorporated the principles of desire, prayer and work. It has been one of the best choices I have ever made.
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