This week, we’ve talked about no curriculum being good enough and asked the question where are you leading your children. Today, I want to build on these thoughts by encouraging you to take your homeschooling to a new level by seeing the things we typically consider the extras of education as integral parts of your child’s homeschooling instead.
Let me give you some examples from our own homeschool…
The photo above was taken at a breakfast with Astronaut Steve Hawley. We chose to forgo school that morning so that Blake could meet another astronaut (yes, this is not the first astronaut we’ve had the pleasure of meeting). Why? Because Blake is very interested in space exploration and the aerospace industry. We don’t know if he will actually pursue a career in this field, but we are encouraging his exploration of this interest because it has lead him to push beyond the confines of what most 14 year olds are doing.
You might say, “But, why would you want your son to meet people who don’t hold to the same worldview? Doesn’t that go against what you just said about leading and discipling your children in the Lord?”
We have been walking alongside our son since he was small. We have not hesitated to stand beside him as he’s met Christians and non-Christians, humanists and atheists alike. With our guidance, our son has grown into a young man who knows Truth and who can discern right from wrong. He can take the meat and leave the bones. He can be inspired by the handiwork of God in another human being’s life without idolizing that human being.
And then there is my daughter’s photography. To most people, this would seem like an extra. Something she does in addition to her homeschooling day. However, we have chosen to make photography an integral part of her training. God gifted her with an amazing talent and we want to hone that talent in honor and glory of Him. This is much more important than any random math problem out there.
Everything we do is to be done to the glory of God. There is no need to separate our day into school hours and extracurricular hours because they are all God’s hours.
Additionally, we frugal homeschoolers must be willing to spend money on the homeschooling “extras” just as we would spend money on the best math curriculum or foreign language curriculum. To reiterate what I said yesterday, we don’t want standardized children, so we have to stop letting someone other than God choose our standards. The things most consider “extras” aren’t extras to God. We have to stop treating them like they are second class citizens and give them full and formal status in our homeschooling day.
So, tell me, what are your extras and how can you start making them more a part of your homeschool?