I was recently visiting some of my old blogs and perusing past posts and I came across this post that I wrote (years ago). I originally wrote it for a homeschool newsletter I had started, then posted it on my blog, and it was later featured at Home School Enrichment’s Online Magazine. I had completely forgotten all about it!
I wanted to share it again. And though I would probably tweak it just a little more, certainly the unfading principles still apply.
What do you think?
10 Steps to Successful Homeschooling
#1 ~ Seek God
Pray! Continually be in prayer and utterly rely upon the grace of God.
“Pray without ceasing.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:17
“…let us go speedily to pray before the YHVH (LORD), and to seek the YHVH (LORD) of hosts…” ~ Zechariah 8:21
#2 ~ Study God’s Word
Daily be in His Word.
“…that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily…” ~ Acts 17:11
#3 ~ Scriptural Perspective
Keep a focused vision on our purpose in homeschooling.
“And these words,which I command thee this day,shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down,
and when thou risest up.” ~ Deuteronomy 6:6,7
#4 ~ Spiritual Growth
Continue to “…grow in (favour) grace, and in the knowledge of our Master (Lord) and Saviour Y’shua Messiah (Jesus Christ)…” ~ 2 Peter 3:18
and diligently promote our children’s spiritual growth.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” ~ Proverbs 22:6
#5 ~ Surrender
Surrender our homeschooling endeavors to YHVH (the LORD) and find strength in HIM.
”Commit thy way unto YHVH (the LORD); trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.” ~ Psalm 37:5
“YHVH (The LORD) is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him.” ~ Psalm 28:7
#6 ~ ‘Schedule’
Have some kind of routine, schedule,or sequence of events(or, at least, a ‘skeleton’ of one). This helps to give direction and accountability to how we use our time.
”Redeeming the time…” ~ Ephesians 5:16
#7 ~ Season our Surroundings
An atmosphere of love, respect, and grace makes teaching and learning more effective.
“With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering,forbearing one another in love;” ~ Ephesians 4:2
“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.” ~ Hebrews 10:24
#8 ~ Self-examination
It is important for parents to model being surrendered (to our Creator and purpose), good character traits, disciplined habits, and enthusiasm for learning.
“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.” ~ 2 Corinthians 13:5
“For even hereunto were ye called: because Messiah (Christ) also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps:” ~ 1 Peter 2:21
#9 ~ Support
Be willing to seek help. When we are discouraged or unmotivated, Admit to (humble) ourselves and talk to someone who can encourage us. They’ve been there too!
“Two are better than one…” ~ Ecclesiastes 4:9
#10 ~ Smile 🙂
“A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance…” ~ Proverbs 15:13
Our children are a precious gift (Psalm 127)and educating them at home is a blessed privilege! Enjoy them!! And have faith in future fruit.
“Give her of the fruit of her hands: and let her own works praise her in the gates.” ~ Proverbs 31:31
~ written by Christina Kubik ©September 2004