In chatting with some homeschool moms several years ago, the question came up, “How do you motivate your kids to do their schoolwork?”
One woman shared frustration over constantly battling with her son. She would send him to his room everyday to do his schoolwork, and when she checked on him later she would find that he had hardly accomplished anything at all. Some of the other ladies expressed having similar experiences in their homes.
I quickly realized that these really sweet, well-intentioned moms were missing the heart of home education. They were mistakenly equating education with completed workbooks. What was missing was the opportunity for rich learning experiences and the relationship-building interaction homeschooling can provide.
Thinking about my own family’s homeschool journey and what has helped us to thrive, I recognized the stark contrast between a home where completing curriculum is the goal versus a home where learning is a hands-on, multi-sensory, interactive adventure.
Yes, our children still need to complete their math problems and reading assignments, but there is a way to create an atmosphere where...