Many people think homeschooling is all about the head - the academics, but once you've homeschooled for a while, you realize that the heart is really our main concern.
However, to be truthfully honest, it's a lot tougher to focus on the heart in homeschooling, and far easier just to spend your time on getting math questions correct. In fact I'd rather avoid it and run away from those complicated, disturbing conversations - the confronting types!
That's why it is easy for all of us to focus on the things that we're told are important (Math! Science! English!) to the detriment of focussing on the heart.
It's not that teaching subjects is not important - it is - but if we focus on the heart and keep that as our main goal - we will find that we can teach the subjects and the practical things at the same time. It's like the content we practice on as we really work on our hearts.
And it's not just the kids either! Homeschooling has so much about training us and watching our own hearts. Now it's getting even more difficult!
"Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." Psalm 139:23-24
The very birthing of this book is a result of knowing there is an offensive way in me. There’s something interesting about praying this prayer, “Search me, O God, and know my heart”, because He does--and He will show us, if we are willing to listen.
This ebook is for mothers who need help keeping a gentle tone in the midst of frustrations. It offers insights that help exasperated moms pause and take a step back before responding impatiently to a child who's having a difficult day.
A Gentle Answer, By Christin Slade
As a homeschooling group, we have enjoyed reading "Teaching from Rest" together.
Not only is the book practical, Biblical and inspirational, but it is also carefully written to the homeschool mum who may be feeling overwhelmed and lacking in confidence. A refreshing read.
Sarah Mackenzie addresses the needs of mums who are feeling anxious and worried, appealing to her own study of restful learning and her struggle to bring restful learning to her (six) children.
In Teaching from Rest, Sarah beautifully reminds us that we will never be able to give our children the perfect education. Instead of crumbling under the weight of our attempts to do so, we can let the burdens fall off our tired backs. --Jamie Martin, simplehomeschool.net, author of Give Your Child the World
As the title suggests, Shepherding a Child's Heart, by Ted Tripp is more about using the 'teachable moments' not to produce children who are obedient, but to rightfully address issues of the heart.
It's not that we'd agree with everything that is in the book, but I love the way that our focus should definitely be on the child's heart and especially their heart before God.