I shared in the past about how I felt the Holy Spirit was leading us to become a hybrid-homeschool family a few years ago. At the start of this year, I wrote about how sending a child to school does not make you a bad parent. Since then, my 7th grader has returned to homeschooling. I consider all of this to be part of my embracing the Holy Spirit approach to homeschooling.
What is the Holy Spirit Approach to Homeschooling?
Well, I can’t take full credit for this approach as another fellow homeschool mom at church shared years ago that she believed in Holy Spirit Homeschooling. Quite simply put, you allow the Holy Spirit to guide your path.
Sounds simple, right?
I definitely know that when I have prayed and found time to just sit and listen, the path we walk seems to be a bit smoother. Not perfect, as we are not perfect, but there doesn’t seem to be as much resistence in my life.
Honestly, this is just putting into practice what I should be doing in ALL areas of my life. Yet, somehow homeschooling brings with it the notion of what we should be doing because the system around us has standards and other expectations in place.
How I Embrace the Holy Spirit Approach to Homeschooling
First off, prayer is a necessity. I’m not talking about the “I need help!” or “God, I am completely losing it here!” kinds of prayers. Those are more SOS style. Rather, this is taking the time to sit with the Lord, emptying yourself and all the preconceived notions you have, and then listening.
Where you do this can be just about anywhere. The key is solitude and silence. For me, the best way is to head off to the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at our church where Christ is present in the Tabernacle. A bonus is that it is really quiet and you rarely have more than one other person in the room with you. But, even your living room for 30 minutes or more before others wake up or at night when all are snug in bed works, too.
Other Aspects of the Holy Spirit Approach to Homeschooling
A key component is also recognizing which monkey on your back is really yours. If God has led you to educate the kids (all or some of them) at home, then He will provide what you need. However, I also recognize that it does not mean all responsibility for everything that happens in your home is the mothers. I can pray over my children and what God is calling me to do. But, I can not control their actions nor should I beyond the guidance we are called to provide as their parents.
For me, this gets challenging to remember when the older boys are struggling with working more independently. It bothered me for years with my eldest son who would procrastinate on his work to just crank out half of a semester in a few weeks. I tried to teach him study skills and time management, but he fought me on it. Now that he is in college, he is learning that his old approach just does not work. His grades in the fall were lower than they could have been. Finally, the monkey I’d tried to claim as my own is fully on his back along with the knowledge that his scholarship can be pulled away if his grades are sub-par.
Another thing to remember is that just because we are heading God’s call, life is not going to be nothing but happy days ahead. Spending time online looking for ideas is something many of us enjoy. However, we have to keep in mind that most bloggers and websites are presenting their best moments and not those that have your pulling out your hair.
Ironically, when I’ve tried to paint a more real image of life here on the blog, it seems like no one wants to read. I guess we all want to look at the picture perfect, fairy-tale lifestyles that social media and the internet present and then wallow in private about how inadequate we are. Remember that you are not alone with days that have you questioning your sanity.
How to you allow God to speak into your life with regard to homeschooling?
Do you spend dedicated time in prayer over how to both home educate and raise your children?
Each day I will showcase a small group of homeschool bloggers participating in this 5 day hop. Click on over to see what they are sharing as the overall theme is fairly open. I am eager to see what everyone is sharing, too.
Annette @ A Net In Time
Brandy @ Kingdom Academy Homeschool
Brenda @ Counting Pinecones
Carol @ Home Sweet Life
Cassandra @ A Glimpse of Normal
Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses
Cristi @ Through the Calm and Through the Storm
Crystal @ Crystal Starr
DaLynn @ Biblical Womanhood
Danielle @ Sensible Whimsy