Priorities in Homeschooling

This past weekend I had the privilege of speaking at the Kaleidoscope Homeschool Expo. I was quickly reminded of how important it is for homeschoolers to keep their priorities in line with God’s Word.

In my talk, “Start School Right”, I told the audience that I use the grid of Scripture to make decisions in our homeschool. Over the years, I realized that my ultimate goal in homeschooling was for our kids to think Biblically & critically. Godly character is also essential in raising our kids to be Godly leaders.

Many of the moms in that room stopped by our booth to tell me they were encouraged and reminded to keep their eyes on God’s priorities.

Sure, academics are important and a part of homeschooling, but Godly character and using God’s Word are vital to our kids’ ability to live as adults.

As I concluded my talk, I shared a story about my daughter Gentry, who has been applying for internships in the fall.

She had been turned down from a few of them & I told her last week that God has something just right for her. We had a good conversation & I reminded her that I’m praying for her internship to be just where God wants her. Even though it is disappointing, I think God is using this time to work in her life.

Within 24 hours of our talk, she had 3 internship offers.

Gentry called me on Thursday night to tell me about the third offer and let me know what she was thinking. I tried very hard not to tell her what she should do.

You know moms…they want to tell their kids exactly what they should do 🙂 If I told her what to do, she would not have the opportunity to think Biblically & critically in this decision.

Gentry told me she was going to the Lazy B, our land that’s about 30 minutes from town. She wanted to think & pray about what to do. This was a really big decision.

I was so encouraged because she wasn’t quick to choose the easiest offer. She wanted to “think” about this decision and pray about it. That’s exactly what we had strived to do in our homeschool.

Yes, I taught her math, reading, writing, but our primary emphasis, through His power, was raising our children to godliness.

Where will your emphasis be this school year?
What are your long-term goals for your kids?
Do you give your kids time to think?

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ps. Thought you might want to know…
Gentry decided to take the internship at Rice University because it will push her out of her comfort zone and give her an opportunity to live away from her home town.


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