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2011

10 Days of Homeschooling Enrichment: Day 1

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be sharing on the Heart of the Matter 10 Days of Homeschooling Blog Hop! I’m excited to share how your family can benefit from the wonderful opportunity to homeschool your children! I hope you stay with me for the next 10 days where we’ll talk about some sticky but worthwhile topics! So grab a cup of coffee (or whatever) and hop on board cuz’ here we go! Can I get a “whoot-whoot!”

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I thought we’d start by defining the word “enrichment”, since that’s my topic and frankly I wasn’t quite sure where to start myself!

Enrichment: the act of making something more meaningful or rewarding, increasing the value of the property.

Homeschooling is a Ministry: So when we’re talking about homeschooling, I think its important to define the actual “property” we are to be enriching. As parents we are commanded to “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6. Psalm 127:3 tells us, “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.”

The property we’re talking about is our children, and more correctly, the Lord’s children. It should be His will be done with our children, not our will. God has blessed us with these little guys, and put us in charge of their upbringing so that we may lead them to Him. As homeschoolers it should be our goal to teach with Godly intention. This means we need to have a plan, a goal, and a vision for our homeschooling so that we aren’t striving towards something we don’t understand.

How hard would it be to reach a goal or finish line that wasn’t defined for us? We’d be flailing aimlessly through life being swayed to and fro by every new thing that we come across. Instead we should be focused and diligent to stay on track!

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Today’s Challenge:

Today’s challenge is to create a vision for your homeschooling. I know that this can be an overwhelming thought, but hear me out. We have all the tools necessary to guide us if we just seek God’s Word. Today we are going to define where our goal line is, what we are striving towards, and why we are choosing to homeschool. Once we’ve laid this foundation we will be more prepared for the trials that may will follow!

Click here to download the Homeschooling Vision worksheet

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If you need somewhere to start here’s why our family chose to homeschool.

Deut 6:5-9 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

Some of the ideas you’ll hear over the next few days are from a bible study on parenting that my husband and I have just started on parenting which I’d highly recommend going through, plus it’s FREE online at “Parenting as a Ministry”.

Stick around tomorrow for Day 2 of Homeschooling Enrichment where we’ll talk about God’s view of us as homeschoolers!


Be sure to visit these brilliant women in this 10 days adventure between February 7th-18th! We love these ladies and we know you do too.

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Comments

  1. Thank you for the time and effort you put into helping homeshool families get the most out of their experience. The vision worksheet is super helpful for me as I am feeling the need to refresh, and re-organize. It's our first year with homeschool and I often feel overwhelmed. Having a goal and a vision gives me something to move towards.

  2. Thank you so much for this post and being a part of this great adventure. I can't wait to take the journey with you all!

  3. Thank you for sharing the worksheet, as setting goals and defining our vision is something we want to do before we start Kindergarten in the fall. What a blessing to have you as a resource.

  4. Great thoughts! I always have to come back to the nuts and bolts of why we are homeschooling in the first place and our obedience to God in this area of our lives when we are mired in the hum-drum of everyday. I love your idea of a formal vision statement!

  5. Oh my! I think my head just exploded! What a treasure trove you've opened for me! Thank you so much! I just hope I can get enough time set aside to glean all these nuggets of wisdom and then (feat of all feats) remember them!

  6. i LOVE that you are doing this series! Love it!!! great insight today…

  7. This is so fantastic!I look forward to the next 10 days for sure!

  8. Ok – I'm just going to say it – I'm SO SILLY EXCITED for this topic during the blog hop! It's just what I've needed and the vision statement is a great start!! Thank you!

  9. Thank-You Cheryl for sending me this blog site. An answer to our prayers!

  10. Thank you so much for the time you have put into this. We be officially starting homeschool this fall and I did start my curriculum choices only after I created a goal, BUT this has made me feel like I had an "Ahhaa" moment and now it all makes sense.

  11. I am so happy that you did this. I am following you now!

  12. I have a feeling that this is going to be so encouraging and helpful to read. I know I’m a little late on reading it, but Thank you ahead of time for doing it. I just started homeschooling this year in another Country where it’s dificult to get supplies and printing has to be minimized due to the price of ink. Many times we don’t have power and I can’t even remeber what warm water is. The Lord is our sheperd, though, and it has been a great experience so far. I do feel like I climbing a mountain though…wow there are a lot of decisions when it comes to homeschooling…I look forward to reading this…and the “Parenting as a Ministry”

  13. Mentioned you in my post today…hope you can stop by and read it…now onto day 2 http://journalofamissionarywife.blogspot.com/

  14. CHRISTA MURPHY says:

    I just absolutely love your blog, posts and curriculum. I am using the pre k for my son and the character studies for all of my children. Please keep up the great work!

  15. I appreciate you taking the time to share your vision and encouraging others to do so as well. I find myself spending a lot of time on your blog because I get a lot of encouragement from it. I am new to homeschooling and also new to being a stay at home mom so there have been many new adjustments made in my family right now. I know with God’s guidance and the help of your 10 days of homeschool enrichment we will be heading in the right direction.

  16. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I have truly enjoyed
    surfing around your blog posts. After all I will be subscribing to your
    feed and I hope you write again soon!

  17. Seems the link for Parenting as a ministry is no working do you know how we can get that info still? thank you!

  18. Sweet blog! I found it while browsing on Yahoo News.

    Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News?

    I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Appreciate it

  19. hi! Erica. WE been doing homeschool since ever my oldest daughter is 12! and like you, before i have children i decide i want to homeschool them.now i have a 3 years old and your site been very refreshing for me specially for the ideas of pre school I also like the unit studies of artists I have two boys they love it and the reason why I choose homeschool for our family is my reminder on that days that things dont go to good. I LOVE SPEND TIME WITH THEM . BESIDE I was going to study to be a teacher but when i think about how i am going to spend time teaching other when i have my own to teach i think is the best decision ever even though sometimes people can be discouraging.

  20. Hi Erica,
    Do you still have the site for Parenting as a Ministry? I can’t find it or link to it.
    PS- this is a wonderful blog and may be the very first I follow. Thank you! God bless :-)

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