Accomplishing homeschooling is more crucial than planning homeschooling.
I am a bit of a planner by nature. I love to plan. Applying…. not so much. But it is the real doing of homeschooling that is the significant component. You can prepare all day long, but if you do not actually do the work, it wouldn’t matter. It reminds me of the Parable of the Two Sons.
Matthew 21: 28-32
The Parable of the Two Sons
“What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard. ‘
” ‘I will not, ‘ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.
“Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir, ‘ but he did not go.
“Which of the two did what his father wanted? “
“The first, ” they answered.
Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.
There are quite a few homeschoolers who feel called by God to homeschool, and are dragged kicking and screaming into this way of life screaming like the first son, “Noooooooo!!! ” If they do the work of homeschooling, they will be successful.
Other parents are called to homeschooling and answer by stating, “Sure! No problem! ” They may plan and plan, choose curriculum, and even purchase additional experiences. But if they get too sidetracked by their active lifestyles, and do not actually undertake the work of homeschooling, then they aren’t truly working on what the Father wanted them to do. In cases where you plan and plan, but then never actually do the work, then you have missed the mark.
Doing is much more significant than planning. It isn’t easier and it is not more enjoyable – at least not for me! However it is certainly the most crucial part.
Do not forget, should you feel stressed with the “doing” part, you could be attempting too much. Should you discover youself to be in this situation, here are a few things you can do.
Cut back a bit. Lower your sights. Look for duplication and do away with it. Find the subjects that your students really delight in and concentrate your attention there. They’re going to learn more when they are excited about the subject. Reduce the non-school activities. Look at your appointment calendar and start pruning. Sometimes the road to homeschooling success is by doing less, rather than more. Try out these thoughts and see if you can increase your achievements.