Our series continues . . .
7. My goal was never just to get school work done, but instead, was to develop life long learners. In this information age, we do not have time to teach our kids everything. But if they know how to find and learn the information they want/need . . . our kids will do well.
The saddest thing to me would be to spend all of this money, time and energy to homeschool . . . and then to graduate kids that did not have the love of learning.
8. Leave room in your schedule for your kids to pursue their own interests. I left lots of margin in our homeschooling day.
There were multiple topics our girls studied on their own, just because they wanted to . . . women authors, World War II, Monet and many other artists, Amish lifestyle, knitting, crocheting, quilting and so much more. (I had nothing to do with this.)
(For example, I remember my surprise the first time I took the girls to the Musee d'Orsay in Paris. They were in elementary school. When we got to the Monet section, the girls talked on and on . . . "this is the painting Monet did when his wife was dying, or he was loosing his sight on this one, or he painted this picture at four different times of the day." Of course, I knew none of this, and was thrilled to see what they had taught themselves . . . just because they were interested in this subject.)
9. Include all of life as school and learning and record it in your lesson plans. Piano lessons, cooking, sewing classes, library events, youth group, our summer trips to Europe with Royal Servants, visits from Grandparents (who always taught the girls amazing things), etc. I also included chores in the lesson plans. Having your kids home all day and working on projects, can get messy. Teach your kids to keep the house clean.