God wants us to be successful homeschoolers. He wants us to feel confident and strong in our duty to teach our children. Alma, talking to those that believe (in homeschooling) saying, “I have said these things unto you that I might awaken you…that ye may walk after the holy order of God.” (Alma 7:22)
Here are five ways to get your homeschool in order and strengthen your walk with God:
1. Identify Your Needs
What do you want to accomplish? What are the needs of your children? Have a monthly checkup to stay in touch with their changing needs.
2. Develop a Plan
Every homeschool begins with an idea – a vision that becomes a reality with a detailed plan and daily action based on the goals to achieve that plan. (Think about the Plan of Salvation, also see M. Russell Ballard’s talk, Return and Receive.)
3. Help your children succeed in their goals
Children need training, resources and encouragement to succeed. Get to know them. Your relationship with them must come before you “teach” them. Creating an environment of trust that allows good habits to grow.
4. Manage your inventory
Homeschoolers are known for having many books (and I’m no exception – love them books). Managing the space for and the number of books is important, but not as important as getting rid of bad habits and replacing them with habits that improve your spirituality, helping you stay more focused and productive.
5. Express Gratitude
Tell your children thank you for helping you to learn. Thank your spouse for the support, love and help. Thank your Father in Heaven for the opportunity to learn, grow and provide a good education for your family.
As you strive to live these basic principles, Heavenly Father will bless you in your homeschooling choices and help you reach your troubled children too. Let our prayer be, “that they may grow up in thee, [Lord] and receive a fulness of the Holy Ghost, and be organized according to thy laws, and be prepared to obtain every needful thing.”
Would you like some organization skills to go along with your walk with God? My friend Molly Christensen is a very organized person with talent and ideas oozing out of her. She and her wonderful sister Marika are sharing their organizational secrets and tips. They will be sharing their cooking and cleaning tips and how to be a housekeeper, a mother and a homeschool teacher all at the same time. Or at least to be able to find peace in doing it all. Check out our interview with Molly and if this is something you struggle with take her up on her offer and get started. 🙂