2. I’d go to the library at least once a week allowing them to choose
books that interest them, and hand picking random books for me to read
aloud. I would be watching for what they are interested in, what makes
them excited, what they find boring, etc.
3. I would rely on my husband more in creating a vision for our
children, rather than trying to figure out what everyone else is doing. I
wouldn’t waste a second trying to make what works for your kids work
for mine. I’d keep my husband in the loop about our daily escapades and
accept his advice more quickly. I mistakenly thought that because he
worked outside the home all day he would be unable to see what the kids
needed. This piece of humble pie would have been better to consume early
4. Rather than spending countless hours worrying about this curriculum or that, I would begin with the family goals we have now:
- Put the highest priority on sharing our love for Jesus with our children.
- To insure the kids know their math facts inside and out. Period. Forget learning them, they need to over learn them.
- To inspire a love for literature by exposing the kids to a steady flow
of great books. (I would read aloud daily no matter what their ages).
I’d be picking the brains of the veteran homeschoolers, librarians, and
authors that are in my sphere of influence for suggestions and I would
prioritize a daily reading habit.
- I would focus all learning to develop excellent written and oral
communication skills. I would find my children pen pals so they could
perfect the friendly letter.
- I would have them do copy work from the masters and discuss why the
sentences, paragraphs, essays, or stories are so great. I would
understand that excellence in writing really comes from being well read
and practice, tactics, practice.
5. I would find opportunities for my kids to stand and share in front of
others, whether it is during a family BBQ or performing with the local
theater- giving them the skill and confidence to speak in front of
6. I would view curriculum, tests, quizzes, and state tests as resources
to help me customize each of the kids education, not the substance of
7. I would relax more.
I’d let the kids get dirtier.
I would get
We would play in the rain, build in the snow, chase rainbows,
cloud watch, visit the farm, play at the beach, collect more leaves,
examine more bugs, watch more plays, attend the theater, interview our
doctors and dentists, locate inspirational guests like missionaries,
mechanical engineers, artists, poets, and ace mechanics to share their
passions with the kids. I would put a map of the US and the world under
glass or plastic across my kitchen table and every single time we read
or heard about a place we would locate it on the map and discuss how
close/far it it from us.
9. I would do it all over again. And again. And again.
How about you?
What are the top few things you would change if you could
rewind the tape and homeschool those beginning years with the wisdom
you have today?