My Homeschool Life Perspective Changed
Recently, my life has been going through a change. I wrote about the new normal of my family a while ago, and since that time, things have continued to change for me. With change in a mom’s life also comes change in a child’s life. This has allowed me a chance to reflect on what matters most in life. What I’ve discovered is that book learning is the least important life lesson a child can learn, the Holy Bible being the one exception to that conclusion.
3 Homeschool Life Perspective Goals Every Christian Homeschooler Should Have
I remember a while ago a lady that I know who is a professor at a local college asked me what my educational goals were for my son. At the time he was maybe 7 or 8 years old. I was a bit stunned. I mean, at that age my goal was to just get through the school year, feel like I challenged his gifted brain enough, and make sure we met all of the state requirements. I wasn’t really thinking of educational goals as in: what direction do I want his educational career to take?
Since that time I’ve wondered about her question. It’s been kind of looming in the back of my mind as some sort of dark cloud that I needed to deal with or else homeschooling wouldn’t be the success I have hoped it would be.
With the changed that I’ve recently been dealing with comes a change in my life perspective and subsequently my homeschool life perspective. So that has led me to 3 educational goals that I feel are most important for my child. In my opinion they are 3 educational goals that every Christian parent, especially homeschoolers should set for their children.
- Goal #1 Help your child learn what they need to do to attain eternal life. (Find answers to this in the Bible.)
- Goal #2 Help your child discover what their personal talents are in order to serve God, their families, the church, and their community.
- Goal #3 Help your child learn what they need to do to and how to be a good provider and/or homemaker for their family.
In our society, sadly, we’ve come to believe that the end goal of education is a completed college career that leads to a successful business career, that leads to a successful retirement. Which, for some, might be the right path to a successful life as an adult. But life is so much more that a college career. There is marriage, family, and community. We have mistaken a career for life. But life isn’t about a career, the goal of a job is to provide for our life. It isn’t to become our life. As a society we’ve missed the mark and let career be the end all of our life.
“For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” James 4:14, NKJV
When we look at a career, a job, as the means by which we provide for our life our perspective changes. The focus becomes, our life. Life is but a vapor. What are you going to do with the time you’ve been given? For me, a homeschool mom, I want my son to have an understanding of the time he’s been given, his life, and what is he going to do with his life in order to reach his eternal goal?
Really the end goal of education, especially a Christian education, is to lead to a right relationship with God so that when we leave this life we can return to our Creator Father.
5 Questions to Help Stay Focused on Homeschool Life Perspective
With my new change of educational perspective comes 5 questions I want to ask myself when I am planning for my son’s daily, weekly, monthly and yearly homeschool lessons and activities.
- Does this allow my son to draw closer to or further away from God?
- Does this help my son learn to love others?
- Does this teach my son the importance of using his time wisely?
- Does this teach my son an important life skill?
- Will this help my son in the future to be a good provider for his family?
As I move forward toward another homeschool year these questions will be at the forefront of my mind. I am pretty far behind as far a planning goes, but that’s o.k. because I know that both my son and I have learned a great deal about life over these past 6 months. So while I’m not quite ready to face another academic year, with my change in perspective I know that it schooling is not about how much reading we can do in a year or how much math we can accomplish in 9 months, it’s about learning to use our time wisely so that we reach our end goal of heaven.
This post is a part of the iHomeschool Network What Mommy Learned in Homeschool This Year Round Up.
What are your educational goals?