Gratitude can help keep your student focused on what matters.
While homeschooling, I noticed myself getting so focused on “The List”, that I would get away from WHY we were homeschooling. For us, a big part of why we started was to be able to disciple our children. We wanted to instill values into them that would impact the rest of their lives.
While working on a specific school struggle with our son, a friend told me, “Toni, he has a great heart. That’s what is going to make the difference as he gets older.” I realized, yes he needs to be able to accomplish school work, but what matters more is that he has a heart for God and treats people well.
During this Thanksgiving season, I’m reminded of this. I want to teach my kids to always be thankful for the opportunities and gifts that God has given us. Yes, they have to get their work done. However, what if we start the day with a different list. I’m going to add a gratitude list to the beginning of my to-do list. A list of things I’m so glad God gave me. One of those is the opportunity to show our kids what matters most.
I’m grateful for:
What about you? What are you thankful for right now?
As parents of homeschoolers, we want to give our students the best education while preparing them for life. We often have a fear of leaving “gaps” in their education. I noticed myself being so focused on the “core” subjects, that I almost forgot about elective credits. Sometimes it felt like we were barely surviving Math, Science, English, and History!
When my kids were in high school, I read somewhere that even if a student is smart, has a great GPA and test scores, they may not do well in college or the job market. I remember thinking, “Wait, you mean we have to do more?!?!”
Elective courses develop well rounded students who can think for themselves, make decisions and work well in groups. I realized the things they learn in these “fun” classes will spill over into the core classes and everyday life. While they may struggle in a core subject, elective courses can build their confidence by helping them find their passions.
Be sure to look at your state’s requirements for graduation. Even if you are in a state that doesn’t require certain courses, colleges are accustomed to seeing those courses on transcripts. Electives on a transcript can help your student stand out (in a good way) on college apps and in the job market.
Here’s a quick list of random elective ideas to get your wheels spinning.
What electives have you had your students involved in? Give our readers more ideas of what has worked for your family.