P is for Prayer
What would my homeschool be without prayer? Definitely much more difficult than it is with prayer.
I pray about the curriculum choices I make for my children. I know you may be thinking, Does God really care what spelling program or math book my children use? Yes, I believe He does. God cares about each one of His children and desires the best for all of us. Wouldn't He then want to help me choose the best curriculum for each of my children?
I'm learning that God speaks to me about my homeschooling choices in a variety of ways. Sometimes, it's through a feeling of peace I get when I finally settle on a certain curriculum choice. Other times, it's in the way my children respond to how I'm teaching them; they learned so much more this past year when we switched History curriculum because they were engaged in the learning process. I truly believe that was God's way of helping me decide which way to go for this year.
Sometimes, God speaks to me through my husband. Robb usually takes more of a supportive role in our homeschool, letting me make most of the decisions since I'm the one "in the trenches" every day. Every now and then, though, he'll share his opinion on something that we need to do. Unfortunately, I don't always take his direction right away. One example is when he wanted me to join a particular homeschool support group. I put it off and put it off, until finally Robb made it clear that this was what we needed to do. So we joined. Now I am SO glad we did. This group has been such a blessing to my family and me. I'm learning that when Robb shares his feelings about homeschool decisions, I really need to listen because most of the time, it's the Lord trying to tell me something.
We begin every school day with Bible time and prayer. Each child gets a turn to pray for whatever is on their hearts. They're still small, so God hears a lot of "Please heal my boo-boo". But He also hears some very tender prayers coming from the small people in my house. They pray for each other. After Sassy's accident, every day each child would pray for her healing. They pray for others outside of our family. A young man in our church was paralyzed in a skiing accident earlier this year, and he has been prayed for repeatedly in our prayer time. They pray for their daddy. Every morning, at least one child prays for Robb to have a good day at work.
Prayer is one of THE most important parts of our homeschool, and I know I wouldn't be able to do this every day without prayer.