When I first started homeschooling about six years ago, I didn’t really know what I was doing. Like many of you, I researched all I could about homeschooling and I learned a lot. I learned about learning styles, homeschool methods, choosing curriculums, and the laws in my state. The list can go on and on.
What I didn’t find were many articles about the importance on building relationships in your homeschool. I happened to discovered that on my own.
Working on my relationships helped me in my homeschool journey. I realized that building my relationships was more than just physically being there but to REALLY be present.
You see, in order for you to really get to know someone, you have to spend time with them. It is important not to rush through life and forget about those that are on the homeschool journey with us.
Building Relationships With Our Children
As I became more present, I was able to recognize my son’s hands-on learning style, his passions for animals and Legos plus his desire to learn everything he could on a particular topic.
In just learning these few things about my son, it helped us to save a lot of money. How? We didn’t waste money purchasing curriculums that would not be a good fit for him or signed him up for activities that he really would not enjoy. Picking curriculum and activities that were geared to his passions helped us have a productive and fun school year. It wasn’t all peaches and cream, but it was close to it!
In having such a productive year, we noticed how we got close as a family. We spent a lot of time reading together and doing activities as a family. I am not talking about activities that are part of a lesson, but just activities that we did together.
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Jessica is a follower of Christ, wife, and mother of three energetic boys. She writes about homeschooling, frugal living, motherhood, intentional living and everything in between. Her heart is to inspire and encourage others to live an intentional life.