Do you struggle trying to give your kids the perfect homeschool? Don’t! Instead concentrate on receiving the 6 gifts of scholé and creating a homeschool you love.
The 6 Gifts of Scholé
It’s hard to find balance while homeschooling. The kids always need attention. The housework is never done. Just when you think you might get a handle of things, activities call you away.
Scholé reminds us that the goal isn’t to get everything done. The checklist will never be completed. Instead we’re looking for balance, for an atmosphere of restful learning.
It’s okay to put the kids on a loop schedule. Most days we get everything done. Some days we don’t. Now we begin again with the subject that were skipped the day before and simply keep moving on.
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Over the weeks, the months, and the years we’ll finish what needs to be finished.
The house may not be magazine clean, but it will be a home. The kids may not achieve perfect scores on the SAT, but they will be educated. And, we hope, with a measure of wisdom as they enter their adult lives.
Scholé gives balance to our lives.
2. Lifestyle of Learning
Restful learning doesn’t happen only between the hours of 9am and 3pm. Instead we’re reminded that a lifestyle of learning is more important than cramming academics into a few short hours of the day.
History discussions are richer when the family is loudly arguing about why Rome fell. Dads join in the fray. Kids run to grab the encyclopedia.
A Saturday afternoon hike turns into nature study as the family notes the changing leaves, or watches the ducks form their V to head south. Pinecones, acorns, and leaves make their way into the house to be used in art projects.
A historical film is chosen for the Friday evening movie night. The family gathers with popcorn to watch Ben Hur or Masada.
Relaxed learning is about folding education into our lives rather than forcing it into the center and burning everyone out.
Scholé gives us a lifestyle of learning.
3. We Can’t Do It All
There is much to be learned in this world. There is also much to be done. There’s so much that it’s impossible to do it all.
We can’t go on nature hikes every afternoon, spend half the day curled up reading books aloud, spend hours practicing piano, and put gourmet dinners on the table every night.
There are simply not enough hours in the day. Instead we’re called to sit down, evaluate our families, and decide what’s most important for us to do now.
Not what’s most important if we were rich and famous, what’s most important for us to do today. One family may realize they need to spend those hours outside on nature hikes. Their kids are fascinated by biology, mom wants to get in shape, and the outdoors is calling.
Another family may decide spending hours practicing music is what they’re called to do. They perform at gatherings together and lead their church in music.
Scholé gives acceptance that we can’t do it all.
Homeschooling doesn’t have to be hard and complicated. Scholé reminds us that education is best done when it’s simple.
Instead of creating elaborate spreadsheets to know who is learning what when, create a morning time routine to teach the essentials as a family right off the bat.
Use a morning study time to combine history and writing, science and nature study. Memorize poems which reflect your nature studies.
Keep kids learning the same history time period. Family dinners make a wonderful time for history discussions. See if you can keep the kids studying the same science topics for the same reason. Science is more fun when everyone can participate in the experiments.
We’re not trying to recreate the public school system in our homes. We’re creating a lifestyle of education, of schooling, of discussion. We’re creating a home.
Scholé gives us a simplified homeschool.
Restful learning keeps our relationships at the front of our homeschool. We’re educating the imperfect children we have, not the perfect children of our dreams.
Our kids aren’t always going to enjoy their writing assignments. They’re not always going to understand math concepts easily. Sometimes they’ll struggle with reading or Latin.
Restful learning reminds us that it’s okay to put the books aside until tomorrow if we’ve been explaining a concept for 30 minutes with no understanding. Sometimes a night of sleep works wonders.
Restful learning tells us it’s okay if we’re not teaching a math protégé. Our kids will learn what they need to learn.
It’s not all right to make education the center of our relationship. To browbeat our kids for not understanding math, for not adoring classic literature, or living to write.
Education is important, but our relationship with our children and husbands is just as important.
Scholé reminds us to concentrate on building a strong relationship with our children.
Scholé tells us to enjoy ourselves and our families. We don’t need to get it all done. Restful learning isn’t a checklist. We can achieve balance through simplification and focusing on what’s most important to our families.
We have time to enjoy ourselves. We have time to bake cookies. To sit with a cup of tea and chat about Charlemagne. We have time to relax and watch our children grow.
We allowed to enjoy leisurely afternoons hiking through the woods, or an afternoon in the kitchen working on a science experiment together.
Rainy days curled up reading good books aloud are a gift to be savored. Making beans sprout is fun. Turning over rocks to find bugs with your preschooler is a delight.
Scholé gives us a homeschool we enjoy.
Scholé gives us so much more than just an education. It gives balance, enjoyment, simplicity, and a strong relationship with our family. It gives us a lifestyle.
Which of the 6 gifts of scholé are you looking for?
Be sure to read Tonia’s and Chelli’s posts on what restful learning has done for them.