October 8, 2014 Edition 

Can I Teach Everything?               

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Gena Suarez

Hey Mama,

Can you teach every subject? Yes, if that is what God has called you to do, but you don't have to. You may find that a co-op, on-line course, or some other means may help you teach subjects you're not comfortable teaching. Don't forget to read the magazine online or on the go for tips on homeschooling, too, whether you're teaching reading,  writing, 'rithmetic, or something else.


Just a quick reminder. It's so important to open your day up with thanksgiving and praise to the King of kings. It's because of Him that we even woke up this morning. It's through Him that we find our joy, gain wisdom, and live our lives to bring Him glory.

No conflict is too difficult, no circumstance too great, no web too tightly woven to start off your day worshiping the Lord Jesus. Put it all aside--the stresses, the sadness, the busy-ness, the problems, the bustling plans--just for a moment. Are they really bigger than He is? Should they take priority? Not at all. HE is our first priority. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and praise, even now. Eyes up.

Eyes up, Mama.


~ gena


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Diana Waring

How much are we, as homeschool parents, supposed to do? How do we prepare our kids in homeschool to be successful? How do we know when we have done enough?


These are important questions to consider, but there is an even more significant, foundational question that you need to ask. Are you responsible for teaching your children EVERYTHING THEY NEED TO KNOW?


If you think the answer is, "Yes," then, break out the books on everything from abacus to zoology, because you have just taken on the Mt. Everest of homeschooling. And, inform your children that they will not graduate until they are fifty-eight years old, because that's how long it will take to teach them everything ... no, better make that seventy-eight years old, given the nature of the rapidity of knowledge growth in genetics, differential equations, multi-dimensional topology, deep ocean marine biology, bathymetry--they don't leave home without it!


If, on the other hand, you answer, "No," then take a deep breath of relief as you consider what you actually need to teach them. (And, pass along the great news to your kids that they can graduate at age eighteen!)


First, think about the big picture. What is it that you honestly want for them to have when their years of homeschooling are over?

  • Do you want them to be able to get into the college of their choice?
  • To find satisfying and interesting careers?
  • Do you want them to gladly serve the Lord, wherever and however?
  • To be passionate about justice for the oppressed?
  • To be equipped for the life God calls them to?

If you have older children, ask them:  

  • What are your interests, passions, and giftings?
  • Do you want to go to college?
  • Build your own business?
  • Serve overseas for a season?

Second, with these specific goals in mind, make choices. Knowing what you are aiming for will help you to make these choices wisely. And, believe me, you MUST make choices. Being driven to do it all will result in your kids hating school, while sucking you right into the black-hole of exhausted frustration.


Despite the pressure from textbooks, classes, and friends to fill our children's hours with more and more and more academic demands, there is another way to walk this journey--one that has long been proven to be highly motivational and incredibly successful in helping children learn.


It is so simple that many will scoff. Here's the secret that early homeschoolers discovered: Find your child's interest. With that as a starting point, make some wise choices, leave space for free time, and enjoy the journey.


Remember, stay relational!




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The Familyman 

When the question is asked, "Can I teach EVERYTHING" the answer I give is, "Yes, you can teach EVERYTHING ... and no, you can't teach EVERYTHING."


The truth is if your kid needs to be taught it, you can teach it. You may not be an expert in every area, but you can direct him in the right direction. There are online and DVD helps as well. So in a very real and practical way, you CAN teach everything in your homeschool.


However, just as true is that you CAN'T teach everything. You only have a certain amount of hours in each day, and you just can't get to everything. I know some moms who get excited about teaching first aid to their children and then worry about how to fit it in to the rest of their very full schedule. It never dawns on them that they have the authority and opportunity to teach first aid INSTEAD of something else.


The same goes for any other subject. If you want to teach welding, then your child might not be able to do geography. If you want to teach sports, then he might not be able to do music. If you want to do music, then he may not be able to do art. If you want to do welding, sports, music, and art ... then he may not be able to do geography, spelling, and history. Because you CAN'T teach EVERYTHING.


Did I make myself clear? I didn't think so.


So ... just be real,




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