Since December I have felt the “gentle nudging” of God that it was time to put aside my own agenda and begin to invest more deeply into the life of Cayley, our precious 6 year old. Yes, I used the words gentle nudging because these last 10 days I believe God has been daily showing me that it is His will for us to be training Cayley. After all, I began the home schooling journey in 1996 (after saying never, not me) with Caryn and Courtney which ended in May 2007. They are both in college and the results have been very positive so far! I just didn’t feel like I enlisted for 20+ years 🙂
When I first felt the nudging I reasoned with God that it’s good to finish what you begin so I thought I would finish out Cayley’s 1st grade year at Veritas as we have really enjoyed her teacher and classmates. However, Cayley has struggled with the course work and I with following the academic rigors that rub up against many of my personal convictions such as:
1) The best learning happens through an informal “relational process”
2) During the elementary years education has been more about training than teaching as parents are called to train up their children. This looks different as training has to do with the heart issues (character, discipleship, maturity, etc.) which will greatly impact all future teaching.
3) Also I don’t feel the need to rush learning as I know that all children will eventually grasp necessary concepts but keeping their confidence and spirit in tact in the process is important to me.
4) God has already put within our children the drive to learn, question, discover, and explore. They do not learn because I show them how to make sense of things … they make sense of things because they were created to learn. What a joy it is to see them excited about learning.
George Simmel said “He is educated who knows how to find out what he doesn’t know.” Thus I set out to show my girls how to learn and the joys of learning. Thus this week will end and begin a new phase of learning for me as home education was God’s way of growing and maturing me in so many ways.
Let the journey begin!