Written by Heather Woodie of Blog She Wrote.
If you’ve been homeschooling a while, then you know that the early days of homeschooling are among the sweetest. What could be better than gathering young children around to work together on reading and simple projects?
But as our homeschooled children mature, so does our homeschooling. Pattern blocks and letter tiles are traded for long division and book reports.
Eventually research papers, calculus, and college entrance exams are on the horizon.
Mothers of young homeschooled children hear such truths, but we seldom take them to heart until it’s our turn. Perhaps many of you are reading this and thinking how far away calculus is – or wonder if your students will ever get there. I understand.
My children (we have four with a six and a half year span between them) were all little once. It wasn’t all that long ago that we were teaching reading and running to change a baby’s diaper.
But now, it sometimes seems like it’s all “nose to the grindstone” around here.
So this post is to encourage you to remember why you began homeschooling and to keep the flame ignited — even during the middle and high school years.
Perhaps it is the highly charged academic community we live in (homeschoolers included), but we are often tempted to leave behind some of the most sacred of our homeschool ideals the older our children get and the higher we believe the stakes are.
Resist the urge to chase the conventional and consider ways to keep the spark in your homeschool.
Here are four of our tried and true methods: