OK, if you haven’t seen it yet, you really have to watch this video by Tim Hawkins on homeschooling. Not only is it sooooo funny, but you’ll also have a better understanding of the inspiration behind this post.
At the beginning of our homeschool journey (8 years ago), this would have described my goals (and not in that funny ironic way either) – I had some outlandish pie in the sky picture of what homeschooling was supposed to be.
If I’m being completely honest, I really did want my kids to be expert spellers. I wanted them to know Latin AND Greek – and, oh yes, let’s add in some Hebrew once they’ve got those down.
But, after less than a year with that crazy schedule, it started falling by the wayside.
Then the guilt would start.
Oh, no – we’re not doing ENOUGH!
I’ve got to cram as much knowledge as possible into their little developing brains as quickly as possible – after all, their future happiness depends on whether or not they know how to do long division by the age of 6, right?!?
I want their learning to be relevant to THEM and the plan that God has for them not some arbitrary perfect child who knows everything and who is fully prepared for any and every situation.
Now, we take things much more slowly, trying to match the subjects and depth of information to the child, but I still find myself slipping back into overachiever mode from time to time.
I am FIGHTING those tendencies.
I want them to enjoy learning. I want them to fully develop the gifts that God gave especially to them.
Because after all – I don’t know all of those subjects that I had planned out for them, and I would say that the Lord has given me a pretty BLESSED life – and, if they ended up with a life such as mine, would it really be all that bad?