Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and writer at Steady Mom
Homeschooling feels awfully complicated at times, wouldn’t you agree? There are multiple subjects, multiple children (usually!), and multiple household tasks to juggle.
All these categories place demands on our time, and in one way or another we need to devote energy to them. But sometimes we lose focus and our lives become a blur of reading lessons, math problems, and test-taking strategies. Not too fun for anyone.
We measure our kids–and our success as homeschooling parents–by these external benchmarks, but what is actually most important in the long run?
What if our children could only learn one lesson–in life or school? What would we decide to teach?
When I think about this question, I immediately know the answer for our family–I want my children to know and love God, and to believe that He has a unique and important mission and plan for their lives.
When I acknowledge the importance of this lesson for our family, I then need to back it up with our life experience. Am I structuring our homeschool days with this end in mind? Is our life arranged in a way that supports this core priority?
Let’s simplify and eliminate outside distractions and work on building the foundation to this vital lesson–so that our kids can pass life’s real tests when they emerge from our homes.
What about you: What if your child could only learn one lesson? What is the first thing that comes to mind? Is there anything you need to change in your life to provide more attention to the teaching of this lesson?