We attended a homeschooling conference this past weekend in Rochester, MN. It was wonderful! Yes, a lot of that wonderful-ness came from having NO children with us. But also because the conference was so affirming that this is what the Lord wants us to do.
Top favorite gleanings from the workshops:
- No, we're not afraid our children won't fit in! We're scared that they WILL. Train your children to STAND OUT!
- Putting your child in a room full of other kids his age is not good social training.
- Giving each child one of those mesh lingerie bags to hold dirty socks (then to the washer, and the dryer) saves time on sock-sorting.
- Make time each morning for blessing your home (cleaning). Thought this was cute.
- Keynote speaker was just phenominal. He brought in real horses to demonstrate how training a horse paralleled training children and also our relationship with God.
- Apparently, our family is small! (Comparatively speaking)
- Train your children. Don't just tell them not to do something and then punish them when they disobey. Train them to obey. I personally like the locomotive train method the best. But we're talking amusement park train. You know, the slow one that tours the park.
As you can see, only a few of these are homeschool-specific. Because homeschooling families have kids in their home all the time, the discipline and organization become very important. I learned so much!
Anyone else who went want to share their favorite moments?
Oh, and if you happen to want to be talked into homeschooling, let's talk!
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