I have been recharging my homeschool mom bank with God Schooling a relaxed homeschooling approach for the Christian Parent from Julie Polanco. We were provided with a copy of God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn for review as part of the Homeschool Review Crew. All opinions are our own.
Summertime is the perfect time for the busy homeschool mom to regroup. This often means taking time to evaluate how the previous school year went and what the goals are for your family. Having the bigger picture in mind for your children makes it easier to decide what you’ll do for a learning plan.
While working some overnight shifts this month, I have been reading this book to help me refocus. I’ve strived to do what a friend calls “Holy Spirit Homeschooling” which means letting God lead.
Relaxed Homeschooling for the Christian Parent
Like many homeschool moms, I can easily suffer from overplanning and trying to pack a LOT into our homeschool plans. People in your life may make you feel inadequate with your choice to homeschool the kids. After all, they are missing out on all these ‘things’ that their peers experience in a brick and mortar school.
Allowing those opinions to take root in your mind means you become so focused on reproducing what is done in the schools. I’ll admit to occasionally taking a hard lined approach to things, convinced that we had to do X amount of work to be just like the public schools.
What this fails to do is account for a child’s individual make-up. But, more importantly, it fails to keep our eye on the ultimate goal ~ bringing your children to Christ so they might eventually reach heaven.
Even though I now have 2 high school graduates, those doubts can needle at me. Questions like those below start to run rampant in my brain.
What if I am not doing enough?
Don’t they have to complete a ton of worksheets to prove they can do the math?
If it isn’t on paper, then did learning really happen?
If we aren’t spending 6 hours a day on school work, am I failing my child?
About God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn
Reading the book God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn by Julie Polanco was a great way to spend part of my summer.
Inside the pages of this book, you will read the approach that Julie has taken with her kids. She also includes information on child development as well as what God’s Word tells us about educating our children.
Biblical Support for Natural Learning
Motivation & Excellence
Thoughts on Teaching Children Under Age Eight
Thoughts on Teaching Children Aged Eight to Twelve
Giving Teens the Wings to Fly
Spreading the Banquet
Some Q & A
Record-Keeping and Structure
The tone is conversational and easy to follow. And, there is no ‘right way’ to read the book. If you do not have teens, you can skip that chapter for now. And you will find study questions at the end of each chapter to help you with reflection on what is presented.
My Thoughts on God Schooling as it applies to Relaxed Homeschooling
This is not an approach that is foreign to me. I have been drawn to the unschooling or relaxed homeschooling approach for years. And, in the last few years, I have adopted this in many ways with my youngest son.
Reading this titles just solidified in my mind that it is okay to NOT do what others think you need to do.
I do not need to stick with a curriculum just because I bought it and thought it would work. Nor does assigning grades help my child learn better.
I can allow my son to help direct his learning based on his interests. Kids are naturally curious and want to learn until forcing them to do things they have no interest in squashes that innate desire.
But, most important, we need to have God at the center of what we are doing. All of the education in the world means nothing if my boys have no relationship with Christ. My role as a Christian mother is to lead them to Christ and ultimately leave this world for heaven.
As I sit down to create learning plans for the boys, I am keeping this vital role in mind. And, I am talking with my youngest about what he would like to do for many of his subjects. We have plenty of options in the house and he has his preferences for now. If that changes mid-year, then we can adjust course as needed.
Many thanks to Julie for sharing her journey through this title and inspiring more of us to listen to our hearts as we seek to guide our children in the way God intended.
Do you take a relaxed homeschooling or unschooling approach in your house?
Don’t just take my word for how we found this to be. Visit the Julie Polanco post on the Homeschool Review Crew website to see what other homeschooling parents thought about this resource.