3 Valuable Lessons from Homeschooling

3 Valuable Lessons from Homeschooling. Homeschool encouragement from a veteran homeschool Mom, ConnieAlbers.com

Sitting on my back porch, while I enjoyed a beautiful sunset over the lake, brought a deep sense of satisfaction as I completed my “last first day” of homeschooling.  As I observed this sunset I reflected on my day: a journey that I reluctantly agreed to has quickly come to an end.  I thought through all the first day stresses that I have worked through for twenty years.  “How will we get it all done?  What gaps do I still need to address in the few weeks I have left?  How do I finish this race well?  Will my child be equipped for the next season of life?  How did twenty years go by so fast?”
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Listen Up

Listen up! I love this encouragement for listening to our children, truly listening to them. ConnieAlbers.com

Learning to listen to your children is one of the most important things you can do to strengthen your relationship. Your children need you, no matter their age, and will continue to need you even as they reach adulthood and begin their own families.  One of the ways you can be there for them is to listen to them.  Truly listen.

This is difficult, I know.  There are a lot of people and activities competing for our time that create a number of hindrances to really listening.  Here are a few I’ve noticed in my own life: (more…)

Why Do We Doubt?

What is the source of our self doubt? Why do we second guess ourselves? When our attitude is low we need to turn our eyes to the One that matters most. ConnieAlbers.com

Why do we pray for the Lord to lead and then doubt when He does?

Do you struggle with this?  I’d like to think of myself as a faithful daughter of the King, but I discover time and time again that I question His providence.  I have to give myself the proverbial slap to refocus my proper perspective.  Here are His promises:

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave your nor forsake.” Deuteronomy 31:8

“For we are God’s Masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”  Eph 2:10

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”  Jeremiah 29:11

He promises to go before us (and our children).  He planned good things for us (and our children) long ago.  He promises prosperity, safety, hope and a future for us (and our children).  Yes, I believe this Lord.  Help me in my unbelief! (more…)

A Wise Woman Considers

A wise woman carefully considers what God wants for her life. ConnieAlbers.com

When I read about the Proverbs 31 woman I see a life well lived. For many women, they interpret this passage as something that must be done all in one day or season.  Truth is, this describes a woman’s life in totality… not a day.

Let’s begin by defining “consider.”

: to think about carefully in order to make a wise choice or decision

: to take into account to gaze on reflectively

: come to judge or classify

There are, however, key principles a wise woman practices on a daily basis.  She… (more…)

Virtual Classes

Homeschool students can benefit from virtual classes. Find out if online courses are right for your homeschooler. ConnieAlbers.com

Parents who choose to homeschool their children may not realize all the opportunities they have at their disposal. One of the options our family took advantage of was the world of virtual classes, also known as online classes.

When I began our homeschooling journey, my children were young and the lessons were easy to complete. Math could be learned in the kitchen while we baked cookies or in the driveway using sidewalk chalk. Over the years the dynamics changed as my kids grew and I began seeing unique skills, talents and passions emerge that required careful consideration as to what would be the best type of classes for them.

I found many of these needs could be met through online learning. While I could list many reasons to enroll your child in online classes, for me it really boiled down to three:

  1. Peace of mind when I wasn’t comfortable teaching certain subjects.
  2. A different learning environment for my children.
  3. Gave me more time to work with other children who needed me.

The desire to continue homeschooling meant being creative and finding solutions to ever-changing demands. As my children got older there were certain classes I did not feel capable of teaching, like calculus or chemistry, so I searched for options. This search led me to Florida Virtual School. They provided the security of knowing my child would get the teaching needed to achieve our educational goals without me having to figure it out. This was especially helpful with my older son, who was considering pursuing a degree in engineering. The upper-level math classes were outside my comfort zone, but they were a must for this type of career choice. I didn’t want my weakness to hold my child back from learning something that was their strength. Thankfully it doesn’t have to!

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