To be successful in life, one needs to have goals - a direction in order to avoid aimless wandering through life. The same is true in homeschooling.
D is for Direction
Early on in our homeschooling life, Robb and I talked about the goals we wanted to have for our children through homeschooling. Of course we want them to do well academically and to become good citizens, but what does that mean?
I thoroughly research our curriculum choices each year. I take into account each child's strengths and weaknesses to choose the right curriculum for each subject. I look for what will challenge them to grow, will push them to work hard. Math, reading, science, history, foreign language, grammar - there are so many different options out there to choose from! I couldn't imagine trying to choose my curriculum without knowing the direction in which I wanted to go.
Even more important to me than developing strong academic children is developing strong citizens. I look for opportunities where they can learn to serve others. One of our favorite field trips each year is volunteering at the local Special Olympics. They also are involved in many activities outside of school where they develop friendships - boy scouts, soccer, ballet, softball, etc.
Do you know which way you're going?