This guest post was written by Chasity Champion…
Get a vision for your homeschool!
Ladies, I am not sure about you, but something unexpected usually happens during my New Year’s planning period. This year was no exception. However, after reflecting on last year, I knew there would be changes ahead for my home school.
As I started drafting the first set of lesson plans, instead of feeling confident and relaxed, I felt like I was “throwing” together assignments on a whim. More importantly, I realized I would have to, “get a vision,” or “refocus my vision” if we were going to achieve our overall goals as a home school family.
After praying for direction, the Lord led me to Proverbs 29:18, which declares:
“Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained.”
The definition of the word unrestrained according to Webster’s Dictionary is not subject to restraint, spontaneous, and uncontrolled. Some of the synonyms include unstable, scatterbrained and imprecise. Wow, talk about a humbling revelation. I mean I knew I was a little off, but I would have never thought of myself as a “scatterbrain”; it was time for us to establish clear learning objectives, and re-establish the vision for our home school.
If this were the first time you have considered the “vision” for your home school, I would encourage you to STOP, SEEK GOD, AND PRAY. Go back to the moment you made the decision to educate your own children. What led you to choose home education over public or private school? From the very beginning of our journey, I knew home schooling would allow me to train my children according to God’s specific purpose for their lives. With that in mind, I have to remind myself to pray before decisions both large and small. Whether it is what curriculum to use or which extra-curricular activities to enroll the kids in, the Lord’s purpose must prevail each time. Whenever I found myself overwhelmed or confused a lack of prayer was always a contributor.
Next, consider what you would like your family to gain from this experience. During our first year of home education, it became obvious God was going to use this to serve a greater purpose than I initially considered. Instead of simply moving my children’s education into our home, I had an opportunity to collaborate with Him to train future leaders for tomorrow. Academics no longer ruled my thinking, but social graces and spiritual awareness were now priorities too. Home schooling has become a part of the great commission for my family. Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge:
“God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 (The Message).
Let us think about it for a moment: how much spiritual and positive social training would your child receive apart from your care?
Lastly, Act! Once you have imagined your home school and caught a vision for its success move towards achieving your goals. After I was able to sit down a couple of days and refocus my thoughts, many of the same desires for my home school resurfaced. My confidence returned, my lesson plans and learning objectives are in place, and I am ready to face a new day!