Wednesday, April 2

a recipe for success

Welcome to day four of Home Education Week! To follow others who are talking about the topic of the day, be sure to stop over at Dana's place at Principled Discovery and follow the links

Recipe for Success Wednesday, April 2

It is also National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day! So share a recipe…figuratively, as in two parts love, one part creativity, or literally, as in a super quick, nutritious meal your kids scarf up. Think about what you do in the day, what helps keep it organized and you sane (or how you got past that need for organization and saneness!), and curriculum materials you find effective.

In a recent conversation around our kitchen table while eating, we got into a discussion about kids and families and results. We talked about families that are homeschooling and families that are public schooling. What was the conclusion of our table discussion regarding a recipe for success? Committed loving parents. Period. Homeschooling doesn't guarantee success without that ingredient. We have seen homeschooing families where the parents weren't really engaged with their kids and the results have been evident in a negative way. We have seen public school families where the parents are actively involved in the school, the education, the extra activities, and the results have been evident in a positive way.

Knowing that conclusion, I asked my kids if they wanted to go to public school now? Nope, because they would be lacking the Christian influence that is steady in their curriculum throughout the day.

So, from our vantage point a recipe for success would be:

*Two bushels (one from mom and one from dad) of commitment mixed with hands overflowing with love
*A gallon per subject of solid Christian curriculum
*Quarts of responsibility given throughout the day mixed with equal quarts of play
*Pints of extra activities such as music, sports, co-ops, field trips, etc.
*Cupfuls of a good nutritional diet and sleep depending on age and size

Mix together well and cover all with prayer!

What about your recipe for success?

Tammy ~@~


Dana said...

Very nice...and I love that you pointed out that the foundation is the commitment. There are plenty of success stories in public school and with the support of parents, the children can overcome the challenges of attending even a bad school.

Personally, I think the successes of homeschooling comes primarily from the fact that it selects for the most involved parents. There isn't anything magical about any of the curriculum. It is just that we see what our kids need and do our best to find it.

Dana said...

Forgot to say...and we'd do the same if they were in school.

Sometimes there are bigger challenges, but committed parents will seek the necessary alternatives, even if it is homeschooling.

mom said...

Yup, you make an excellent point, Dana! I agree :-)

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

Very true that our success depends on our commitment, it is so important to stay engaged, even when life gets in the way.

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