I have been participating this week in Homeschooling Torah‘s 2016 Homeschool Family Conference. Once the live sessions have ended the videos are archived, so go check it out! There is a wealth of wisdom!
One question I was asked, is what I would do differently in my homeschooling today, from what I did as a young mother (the things which would be joint parenting decisions would of course include my husband).
I would establish our family law in our home much earlier.
I would value my peace with my husband more than who was right or wrong.
I would spend more time with grandparents, if at all possible.
I would slow down, stress less over my home’s appearance, and enjoy my children more.
I would practice saturation love.
I would be less worried about teaching academics and more intentional about teaching hearts that love virtue.
I would narrow down my subjects to only the most foundational.
I would get off the “perfect curriculum search” hamster wheel (one on one teaching is more impactful than whether the perfect curriculum is used).
But I would use Homeschooling Torah from the earliest years.
I would have my children write out the text of Scripture for their penmanship and copywork practice.
I would learn Hebrew with my children.
And I would find a way to teach a musical instrument to all of our children.
I would not worry about socialization so much (turns out it was a false worry), and I would socialize our teens with mature, like-minded adults in our own company instead of youth group.
But just as importantly, I think, is what I did that worked, that I would do all over again:
I would teach reading with phonics in the Orton-Gillingham vein.
I would read aloud to all my children together, all through their school years.
I would read together as a family in the evenings.
I would limit TV and electronics.
I would raise our children in the country with opportunities to do chores, cook, make things, garden, and care for animals.
I would teach the Scriptures from front to back, inside and out, as well as the historical and scientific evidence of their veracity.
I would do nature study, especially in the summers, for elementary science.
I would teach diagramming sentences as part of our English study.
I would teach logic in its place in the curriculum.
I would study Latin and other foreign languages with our children.