"All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education."
- Walter Scott (1771-1832)
An excellent, though-provoking quote, but the question for me is how to go about it all. Give the kids free reign? Work with them on deciding what will be studied and how it will be studied? Lay out the path myself and just make sure they have fun along the way?
Today's post at Camp Creek Blog ends with this:
"What are you doing? And why?
Your goals and resolutions are the what. Your values are the why."
The why is easy. I know what my values are, and I know why we are homeschooling.
But figuring out the best way to instill those values and accomplish the goals is the hard part.
There is a really good video posted at Living Our Own Lives about homeschooling and the hows and the whys. The part about the little boy learning to read because of some frogs brought tears to my eyes. Shouldn't a kid learn to read because something has ignited his interest? Or does that just work with some kids? I guess that's the question for me. Am I doing what's best for my kids? Can more freedom result in more learning for my kids? Am I going to continue doing things the way we've been doing them, or will we do something totally different?
I have no idea.
But I'll tell you what I do know. My God is in control of everything, and if I seek Him and do the best I can, trusting in Him, He will take care of my kids. Their education, their futures, their relationships, their lives. What more can I do but trust in Him?
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths. "