Nitty Gritty of Homeschooling High Schoolers
A Peek into Our Homeschool
The beauty and purpose of motherhood is discovering who our children were created to be and shepherding them into adulthood where they use their unique personalities, gifts, and talents to serve mankind and mindfully steward the resources we’re all given. Home education is a wonderful tool to that end. Rather than the mechanical, assembly-line output of humanity from mass public education, it gives us the greatest amount of true freedom to help our children find their calling.
Of course, the world places many demands on parents, including what their children’s education should look like. If we aren’t careful we can find ourselves tossed around between everyone else’s expectations for what our lives should look like. It’s a recipe for disharmonious familial misery and an unstaunched maternal cortisol flow pumping like a severed artery.
This is why we must make it a priority first to create our mission and purpose. It will serve to recenter us, restore clarity, and bring peace to our spirit again and again.
The Nitty Gritty - Lessons
Until now I’ve been laying out the philosophical bones for our high school homeschool. What does that look like in practice?
The challenge in homeschooling on the homestead is always about finding balance. There’s the garden to plant, the cows to milk, cheese to make, tomatoes to can, manure to sling, hogs to butcher, Christmas gifts to plan and shop for. We can find a way to fill every season with productive activity.
I think this is why so many of us are quick to embrace the “unschooling” or “wild & free” labels (and, I confess, I resonate a little with the latter). While some children have a natural drive to learn and self-educate, our inherent sinful human nature tends towards laziness, and children are just as subject to that as the rest of us. I wish my children had the inborn curiosity and obsession of John Muir, but, alas, they’d be illiterate fools if I had waited for that spark to burst into flame. And, like it or not, most of us do sign affidavits that we will provide some sort of education to appease the government. We have an obligation. If we don’t find a balance with our time and make their education one of our priorities, we do our children a disservice.
This is where teaching them to be life-long learners when young is of such value. They can begin putting those skills into practice in high school while still under our guidance. Once these habits are instilled, the pressure to learn it all before a certain age is released. Life is just beginning and time is on their side.
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