Education is a must for the individual as well as the collective advancement of our world. Students are mirrors of the education system they attend. These students then go out into the world and make his or her contribution to the world according to the education they received. If we truly want to build a better world for our children and our children’s children to inherit, then we must begin with a great education.
No matter how far forward the world advances, for the individual to be truly educated one must set a course for an inspired education. In an inspired education one becomes empowered to service the future of the world. Without an inspired education, living a balanced life based on great principles of truth becomes impossible, extinguishing the flame that keeps the dream alive. Rather than living an extraordinary life, one succumbs to mediocrity.
As you are homeschooling your children it’s important to maintain a good portion of their education liberal as it frees the mind from the constraints of mediocrity. Unlimited possibilities abound in learning everyday when one is inspired in their learning. When you are willing to embrace greatness for your children’s education, creating a better world suddenly is in the realm of possibilities while your children learn and grow into tomorrow’s leaders.
8 essential ingredients necessary for an inspired home education include:
- Inspiration: Forcing a child to learn and make him do things that don’t interest him is not effective or sustainable. It’s destructive rather than constructive. Education that lasts is inspired, drawn out of one’s inner most being where a student’s highest values is linked to mission and purpose. This is the key to customization.
- Environment: A natural flow of everyday life is essential. While the days need to be active, they must also be free from distractions for a portion of the day while each family member engages academic pursuits and projects. When a family is a well-balanced it becomes a resource for enriching learning as well as love and support needed to embark in greatness.
- Whole-life Choices: This includes habitual, spiritual and nutritional. Education is not limited to facts and figures; it must include the whole child for complete balance. The benefits of daily attention to spiritual support, personalized to the family, honoring individual choices as well as nutritional well-being for health, energy and strength must be not be underestimated. When a student has such life support they balanced empowered to greater heights in their academic and purposeful pursuits.
- Love for learning: Learning begins at birth and continues until death, but a love for learning will inspire and add to life. Inspire a love for learning through every day living, interesting people and an appetite for good books. Include the classics because they hold the vision of greatness and virtue. Such great writings expose us and our children to the greatest minds and geniuses who have ever lived while unlocking the genius within each of us. Surround your family with knowledge and get into learning.
- Time tested educational plan: The foundation from where all living will take place is the child’s education, his core learning. This includes academia of arithmetic, reading and writing, self-education and having the skill to teach one-self and discern what must be learned. Include mentoring that honors values and inspires the achievement of excellence. As a parent you will not be pushing an education plan on your children, instead you will walk with them as partners, customizing each child’s education, helping them discover and fulfill their life purpose.
- Love and encouragement with a healthy dose of challenge: You will not be re-creating a school in the home. With an inspiring learning environment the “school” mindset most of us inherited becomes a thing of the past and true learning gives way to scholars with a drive for more. Through love and encouragement your children will have what they need to step into greater possibilities. At the same time you will provide a healthy dose of challenge to inspire them to greater heights. Unconditional love is not always quiet and agreeable. It’s honest, challenging, balanced and just what one needs grow. True growth occurs at the border of support and challenge.
- Common sense and curiosity: Children are born naturally curious and with common sense. It is placed there to empower learning and increase the joy of the experience. If allowed to flourish children can live with a real love for learning that is powered by common sense and curiosity. As you live and move through each day you yourself will need to model a love for learning. No need for workbooks or “lessons”; just the flow of everyday living and relating to that which is being experienced. This creates the most effective and enriching education because it becomes unique to each individual.
- Time and space to explore and grow: The time and space you create should be viewed as stepping stones to a rich and rewarding life. Value and honor it as precious protecting it from being consumed by whatever chaos or crisis shows up. You will be educating at home, so you will need to create a space and time for learning. A time for independent study, free exploration and family shared time.
“Be inspired to give your children time each day for exploration and discoveries. Oceans of truth lay before them in nature. The daily aligning with nature and living naturally allows them the time and space to discover their truths. This is one of the highest honors you can give to your child. It will be the firm foundation they will rely upon all throughout their life.” -Donna Vail
Parents Inspired to Action:
- Keep your essential list of ingredients close at hand working overtime to implement each in your homeschool
- Create your scheduled time blocks in your family rhythm that include independent study time, free exploration time and shared family time
- Make conscious decisions by honoring the family structure
Children Inspired to Action:
- Provide children time and space to explore and try new things
- Let them learn how figure things out on their own giving them the experience of both failures and successes
- Give them more responsibility and encourage taking ownership of their education
- Be selective with the people your children interact with keeping it narrow for younger children and widening their circle of friends as they grow older