Finding Freedom in Your Homeschool

Guest post by Veronica of Nurturing Connections Homeschool

“Experts” always told us   

The majority of us are used to being told what to do. We sat in desks for hours  on end and were told what to study, what to write, where to write it, when to  move from one class to the next, and what to do when we got home.  

We spent years being taught how to follow directions, how to listen to the  “experts,” and how to fit into the mold.  

Who will tell us how to homeschool?

So when many of us came home to homeschool our children, we didn’t know  what to do. Without someone giving us a schedule and a list of duties, we  found ourselves bored. We didn’t know how to fill our time.  

And so, some of us squandered it with entertainment, social media, and  television. Some of us went in the other direction and overfilled it with excess  curricula and activities.  

The reality was that we didn’t know how to be free.  

For those of us new to homeschooling, it’s easy to find ourselves in the same  place. We want to start as early as possible so that we have something to “do.”  We want to find the just-right curriculum so that we know what to do.  

And there’s nothing necessarily wrong with that—except that oftentimes, we  find ourselves and our children right back where we ourselves started— enslaved.  

We enslave ourselves to curriculum because we want to make sure that we  don’t have a single gap. We enslave ourselves to an overload of extra-curricular  activities because we want to make sure our children are “socialized.” We  enslave ourselves to the humanistic idea of grade levels because we don’t  want our children to “fall behind.”  

But friends, that’s not education. 

Education is more than curriculum

Education is about so much more! It’s about drawing our children’s affections  toward what is good and true and beautiful. It’s about helping them form  connections with God, others, and the world around them. It is not just about  checking off boxes and filling in gaps; it is about igniting a love for learning  and teaching our children how to learn. It’s equipping them with the skills they  will need to fulfill God’s unique purposes for their lives.  

The Bible tells us that “the fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” It tells  us to “seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these  things will be added unto us.” (Proverbs 9:10; Matthew 6:33)  

But no. We don’t want to start there. We want to start with the curriculum, with  the textbooks and workbooks and tests and the cute homeschool room. We  want to make sure that our children learn what they need to, when they need  to, and how it tells us to. We want to do as we are told so that we don’t miss a  thing.  

But sadly, we often risk missing everything.  

Don’t miss amazing opportunities to nurture your child

We miss the opportunity to share life and a love of learning with our children.  

We miss the opportunity to capitalize on our children’s God-given talents and  abilities and interests.  

We miss the opportunity to teach our children how to treat others, how to  handle their big emotions, and how to overcome their struggles.  

We miss the opportunity to engage in ministry, to serve others, to be flexible  with our time.  

We miss the opportunity to walk in freedom.  

Friend, when you choose to homeschool, you will have some local  requirements to meet, and yes, we must faithful with what is required of us and  “give to Caesar what is Caesar’s.” But apart from that, you are FREE. 

Give yourself permission to homeschool with freedom

Freedom with real family time

You are free to create your own school calendar.  

You are free to create your own schedule.  

You are free to learn about whatever you want to learn about in the order that  you want to learn about it.  

Freedom with curriculum choices

You are free to teach it however you feel is best. Does your child learn better  through living books? Workbooks? Videos? Hands-on experiences? You have  the freedom to choose.  

You are free to use parts of a curriculum or to add to a curriculum. And you are  free to use the entire curriculum as-is if it works for you. Or no curriculum at all.  

You are free to take as long as you want on a particular subject—until mastery is  achieved. Or you are free to just drop a subject for a semester and resume it  later—or never.  

Freedom to teach your values

You are free to take that field trip, to visit that grandparent, or to read more of  that wonderful book with your children.  

You are free to teach your children about creation and what God’s word says  about history and science and genders and truth. You are free to share a  Biblical worldview–free to share Christ with your children.  

You are free to disciple them, to love them, to encourage them, and to come  alongside them to teach them what is most important.  

Freedom to chose the most important things

But friend, you must ask yourself first, what is most important?  

What do you truly value?—for along with freedom comes great responsibility.  What does God’s word say is most important? And are you taking this precious  time to share those values with your children?  

Or are you simply checking off boxes and shuffling them from one subject and  activity to the next to fill the time and stay on task? 

Are you ignoring character struggles and heart issues because you don’t want  to “waste” time?  

Do you get frustrated with your children when they fall behind or just don’t  understand?  

Do you shush their interests in birds and snails and rivers because you want to  just get through the curriculum?  

God gives us the answers for freedom

Sweet Mama, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows  His handywork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals  knowledge.” -Psalm 19:1-2  

God created such an amazing world to learn about! And He created your  children with a natural curiosity to want to learn and explore and experience it.  He created your children with unique abilities and gifts that were never meant  to fit into a one-size-fits-all world. He created them in His image for good works  for such a time as this. (Ephesians 2:10)  

And as a homeschool mom, you have the freedom each, and everyday, to help  them grow into all that God created them to “be.”  

Trust God’s wisdom

Do not walk in fear, Friend. Do not walk in comparison. Do not walk enslaved.  Trust in Him above all and lean not on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)  Walk in freedom . . .  

So that one day, your children may fly.  

Have you personally struggled with walking in freedom in your homeschool? 

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From Public School Educator to Homeschool Mom: How My Views of  Education Have Changed 

If You Homeschool Your Children, There Will Be Gaps in Their Education    

Hi, I’m Veronica! 

I’m a follower of Christ, a wife to the love of my life, and a homeschool mom  to three precious children, ages 12, 9, and 5. I am also a step-mama and  have an amazing son, daughter-in-love, and three of the sweetest  homeschooled grand-babies you’ll ever meet! 

I am a former middle school teacher and educational consultant turned  homeschool mom and am passionate about Jesus, home education,  reading, writing, and seeking truth. I also have a heart for simple living,  health and nutrition, organization, planning, and creating printables. 🙂 

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“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.Mat 6:33 CSB

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