The very first chapter of my new book, Gifted: Raising Children Intentionally, asks the all-important question, “What is a child?”
There are only a few truly Fundamental Questions you must consider in order to properly homeschool your children. Answering the question, “Who is this child?” may be the most important one of all. And, it must be answered.
If you are following a traditional 12-year, K-12 model of educating your child, you have already answered the question without even knowing it. And, if the “end product” of your child’s education is college entrance, you have missed the point of homeschooling altogether.
College should never be assumed, as was the case in my family. No thought was ever given to the person God had made me, probably because no one in my family thought about God or what He had to do with the future of His child. As a result, I entered the system of public education to be treated as a typical, generic child whose “blank slate” had to be filled with all the same info as every other child. Then, I went to college…
The explosion of online K-12 programs, now being marketed to homeschooling families, is an indication that a good many homeschooling parents are not thinking about the person God has made each of their children to become. What they care about is making their children educated and college-ready.
Times they are a-changing. When we began homeschooling, no publisher would sell materials to us so we had to come up with our own. Today, everyone is getting in on the act of creating online curricula. Even a U.S. Congressman has created an online K-12 curriculum. But, the growing presence of top level colleges offering online high school is something amazing. Examples are the nation’s 10th rated university and the world’s largest Christian university. Even Harvard University offers its summer program to high schoolers. Homeschoolers are a huge market and a way to create an easy path to a particular college once the student has graduated from that college’s online high school. Each program claims to be a vast improvement over what a child will receive in public school. That may be so, but it still does not answer The Question.
For years, we who have homeschooled (and speak or write about homeschooling) are continually asked, “What program (or curriculum) do you recommend that will provide my child with the best education?”
That is the absolutely wrong question!
Before you ask, “What is the best program to teach my child Algebra 2” or “How do I get my child to stop resisting being homeschooled?” begin asking, “Given what God has been showing me He has created this child to do in life, how can I best nurture those giftings and talents?”
If you are wondering, “What kind of question is that! you will find the answer in my book: Chapter 1 (and I will eventually say more about it in following blogs).
After you have gotten your answer from Him, you can check out my recommendations for some good teaching materials.
And, consider getting my book, Gifted: Raising Children Intentionally. It contains lots of practical insights.
College is necessary. When it is.
More to come…