Teach to the WHOLE child

“Do you realize that if you push a child too hard it can do a lot more harm than a poor grade!” ~ Ms. Crump, Opie’s Teacher, Andy Griffith ๐Ÿ’–

This quote came up in my memories today. As a homeschool family, I have always known that grades aren’t everything in the scheme of learning. Spiritual health, emotional health, physical health, social health, and academics all have unique characteristics in each of our children. How we balance assessing these areas is equally important.

Interesting reading this nugget from Ms. Crump with the lens of a college sophomore, 8th grader, and two 5th graders. Our diamonds all have different seasons, different needs, and different abilities, yet God requires parents to do the best they can, equipping and training them in all. Defining the how’s, why’s, when’s and what’s of “push” is the key to developing a great relationship with our children in every season. Pray for God’s guidance as we grow in executing these areas without leaving others undone!

Nuggets from Andy Griffith ๐Ÿ’–

As we contemplate ๐Ÿค” another school year under new โ€œpandemicโ€ ๐Ÿ˜ท circumstances, let us not forget that our “students” are still children and need a fair balance of academics, play, problem solving, conflict resolutions, and discussionโš ๏ธ. Being at home will never replicate a 6-hour day of public school๐Ÿ“†; instead, it should be rich with reading๐Ÿ“š, writing๐Ÿ“, discussion๐Ÿ“ข, critical thinking ๐Ÿค”, and more. Change your thinking ๐Ÿ’ญ about what learning looks likeโ€ผ๏ธHomeschool wonโ€™t fit into the 6-hour box that most families are used to ๐Ÿคฃ. Seize smaller moments of in-depth conversation as your students (big or small) mature right before your eyes. Time waits for no one ๐Ÿ•ง, so make the best of those small opportunities ๐Ÿ’–. Before you know it, these precious moments add up to a lifetime of love, learning, memories, and growth ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ’•! The children are learning from us how to persevere or how to give in๐Ÿค“! Which will we choose to be our legacy? #togodbetheglory#deut6#parentteacher#conversationsbuildmemories

10 THINGS I LEARNED ABOUT HOMESCHOOLING

10 Things 18 years of homeschooling has taught me:

(1) I could never have done it without leaning on Godโ€™s strength๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ;

(2) Patience is needed and cultivated with each day, but some days itโ€™s lacking ๐Ÿคช;

(3)There are moment-by-moment victories & mistakes ๐Ÿฅด; so donโ€™t be a helicopter parentโ€ฆGod isnโ€™t ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ“–! Grace and mercy coupled with the Word sow seeds in their hearts, which make for sincere change!

(4) While life is happening (births, death, trauma, sickness, moving, family turmoil, delays, etc.), learning is still taking place๐Ÿ˜‰;

(5) Kids learn from your example (the good with the bad, & the things you THINK they are clueless about๐Ÿคฃ);

(6) Trust the process – growth happens in baby steps, not overnight;

(7) Trust that learning is happening even in โ€œfailure/mistakesโ€ for parents and children; ๐Ÿ˜Ž

(8) Itโ€™s better with a village of support than without๐Ÿ’•;

(9) Discussion is the BEST assessment tool ๐Ÿ˜‰;

(10) NEVER compare! Just donโ€™t do it! It hurts everyone involved! Individual achievements build up our children! Celebrate accomplishments and work together to provide tools for improvements. Donโ€™t โ€œfixโ€ mistakes, instead teach how to recognize them, then provide resources and guidance so they will learn how to be successful ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’–.

This HS process is always evolving. Be warned that everyone doesnโ€™t know the labor you are pouring into your children. You May even run into naysayers ๐Ÿ˜! Learn to rest in Godโ€™s approval and not necessarily the approval of all those around you๐Ÿง. Sometimes labor is not evident to onlookers๐Ÿค“. But because growth is a process, know that your labor will never be in vain, ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’–and the fruit is the real evidence ๐Ÿ’–!

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