The First Thing Homeschoolers Should Think About: Or anyone else for that matter… if you’re breathing…. think about this…
We honestly have loads of fun. So much fun. More fun that you have with your kids. Okay, that was rude.
Anyway, I hope and pray and beg God that one day they will grow up and have kids so that I can be the most awesome Grandparent on the whole planet. Make that the entire universe! I am stupid crazy about this baby I had at 36. What am I going to be like when my kid’s kids are toddling around me? Die, I tell you. I will die from the love oozing out of my body.
Why the weird blog title? Because I was going to write to just homeschoolers, but shoot, this is good for anybod-eh!
I’ve been getting Facebook messages about homeschool and I usually shoot them what I’m about to share below. However, I want anyone who is breathing to think this way. Regardless if you homeschool or not, or even have kids, thinking 200 years down the road is vital to the way we handle life today. Here’s what I tell people.:
Define your vision as to WHY you want to homeschool (or live, or breathe, or do whatever).
For instance, JT and I homeschool for many reasons, but our primary reason is because we want to instill in our children that they will receive a vision a call on their life from God and we want to equip them to receive that call in our homes.
We homeschool also because we know that what we do today will define generations to come.
We homeschool because we don’t want to get up early and catch a bus or make lunches because I’m not a morning person.
We homeschool because it works well for our family.
We homeschool because we believe we are the best equipped to get them ready for the world, mulit-generational work and ministry and we are the best to instill what we feel is the most God-driven things in our lives.
We homeschool because regular education (math, science, history) is SECONDARY to their relationship with Christ and his calling on their life.
I encourage you to take a lot of time with your spouse uncovering your vision for your family and talk about what you do as a family directly affecting eight generations from now. Yes, EIGHT. Once you hash that out, then what you do for “school” becomes very easy and very defined.
School, as we define it from our perspective, is very short sighted. Why do we “school”? We school to get them to college. Why? Why is our primary focus college? For a job? Why? Why do we focus so much on jobs and careers? If we spent half the time thinking about how we can get our children to have a vibrant relationship with Jesus so they can know what HIS plan is, then we would find that we have excelled far beyond just planning for college and career.
These are the things you need to think about. Learning to read and doing math will come. It’s really no big deal. Lift your eyes beyond that! Get a vision. Write it down and from that, what you do with school will be an easy direction. Not that is will be easy, but you will have the fuel to get you through it.
That’s why we homeschool, but really, the concept of looking at how our lives will affect eight generations will really make us reconsider what we do on an everyday basis. If you could envision your family 200 years from now, what do you want them to look like?