The question comes down to applying due diligence to your homeschool. You don’t have to have the brightest kids, the most rigorous homeschool, or spend hours beating declensions into little heads.
No, you simply need a plan and the diligence to follow that plan day-in, day-out.
It’s not as easy as it seems. There are days you wake up after being up all night with a fussy toddler. Your head is aching, your eyes are heavy, and you’d adore curling up and sleeping for a few more hours.
Diligence means you sit down with the kids and get the homeschool rolling. You build the habit of doing school diligently despite all else.
Let’s face it. Sometimes kids don’t reach calculus in high school.
Sometimes you and your child are sitting down to do math every day. You work problems. You repeat as necessary to ensure your child’s understanding of math. You keep moving. You and your child apply seat to chair and do the lessons.
You are diligent.
On the other hand, if you keep skipping lessons because the sun is shining, it’s raining again, a cool field trip came up, family came to visit, or a cold came through town… then you discover your child is falling behind in math.
You are not diligent.
See scholé is about restful learning and not worrying about how far we get IF we’re being diligent about working with our kids. Not all kids are math geniuses or love writing the all-American novel, and that’s okay.
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But if we’re not sitting down and ensuring our homeschool happens, we’re failing our kids. No amount of chatter about scholé is going to change that. Diligence is a critical part of scholé.
It’s the part that brings everything else together.
What’s the point of finding inspirational poetry, soaring sonatas, beautiful artwork, and great books to enjoy with our kids if we never actually sit down to enjoy the works together?
We can create wonderful plans, but if the plans never get put into motion… what’s the point? Our homeschools are at a standstill.
That being said, we all fail at this sometimes. There are times life gets crazy and chaotic. Those times when 4 children are competing for the toilet during a round of stomach flu. Times when the house has been torn apart due to remodeling. Times when you need to focus on family and friends who need you.
Create a Plan B and Plan C for those times. There are times the homeschool stops. There are times it’s best to focus on the basics.
However be cautious of throwing your homeschool to the winds every time life gets a bit crazy though. Life is crazy and Uncle Murphy loves to come calling.
Use wisdom and your conscience to know if it’s truly a time to stop homeschooling or if you’re simply not being diligent about your homeschool.
Give yourself grace and build the habit of diligence.
Do you believe diligence is critical to scholé?