This time of the year is planning time for Moms who homeschool, but most of all, I think Summer should be a time for us to make an effort to examine our motives, (obviously this is best when done with your husband, the headmaster of your homeschool!)
There is one book in particular that I have read many, many times now, always in the summer, and it helps me focus on what I believe is the heart of homeschooling, it is entitled When You Rise Up. a Covenantal Approach to Homeschooling, by Dr. R.C Sproul Jr.
If you are homeschooling and haven’t read this book, I would love to encourage you to read it, it will be like honey to your soul.
Besides reading and searching my heart, and praying, and organizing shelves with books and shopping online for more, and register my children for new online classes, I take the time to go through the goals our husband and I have set for our homeschool.
So here they are, from the archives (September 17, 2009) some have been added later.
My husband and I drafted some of these goals in the year 2006, we have been updating them since then; now I want to share them with you.
Maybe you are thinking about starting to homeschool, or maybe you are weary after some years of doing it and need to be reminded of all the goals, that I am sure , you set before your eyes one day. I am sure I will come back many a days to add more goals as my children keep on growing.
May God help us achieve them!
1. Raise men and women who honor God and fear his commandments.
2. Raise men and women with godly character qualities, virtue, honor, responsibility, truth, love, faithfulness, honesty, hard workers, merciful, generous.
3. Raise men and women who will know by heart the Scriptures, that can make them wise unto salvation.
4. Raise men and women prepared to make right decisions and stand firm on them.
5. Raise men and women who marry Christians, and build godly families.
6. Raise men and women who love to study, read, learn; capable of teaching.
7. Raise men and women able to love and appreciate aesthetics; music, arts, literature.
8. Raise men and women capable of expressing clearly their thoughts and defend their beliefs, both, verbally and written.
9. Raise men and women who will leave a heritage of godly principles to their children and grandchildren.
10. Raise men and women who’d love their Mom and Dad until the day they’d be taken away to their home in Heaven.
11. Raise men and women who will be able to understand that God’s Sovereignty has shaped our world and our history up to this day.
12. Raise men and women able to communicate in more than two languages, to be able to share the gospel in different places, and different circumstances.
13. Raise men and women willing to serve others, willing to live with open hands, always ready to give.
14. Teach our children that their best friends will always be at home.
15. Teach them to be godly fathers and mothers. Our young men need to be taught how to be providers and our women need to be taught how to be homekeepers.
16. Love the elderly and come to them. Be wise enough to listen to them and take their advice.
17. Do not walk in the way of the sinners.
18. Be able to discern sound doctrine from false teaching.
What are some of your main goals when raising your children?