As we home educate our children we find that so much of the work we end up doing is not only about the academics but encompasses all of life. Many of the lessons your children will learn are those life lessons they can carry with them no matter where they go and what they do. However, these lessons are best if not taken from a book but rather lived and modeled for absolute best results. In the work I do with many families on home education, purposeful living and business, it always comes down to the basics; the three R’s.
It’s not reading, writing and arithmetic. It’s finding your way to inspiration. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote, “If we examine every stage of our lives, we find that from our first breath to our last we’re under the constraint of circumstances. And yet we still possess the greatest of all freedoms, the power of developing our innermost selves in harmony with the moral order of the Universe, winning peace at heart whatever obstacles we meet. It’s easy to say these things, but putting it into practice another. Consider the effects of not changing your life. Every morning cries to us: ‘Do what you ought and trust what may be.’”
The three R’s include:
- Respect for self.
- Respect for others.
- Responsibility for all your actions.
When you focus in on these particular basics you will see results across the board including your child’s academics. I truly believe that academics are not the means to the end but rather a tool to a much greater wisdom. Basically, there’s not much you can do when academics are not working successfully in your homeschool unless you’ve taken time to establish habit and consistency in these 3 R’s. Spend this season with a focus on these 3 R’s while you’re also doing your academics and notice the great improvement made over time. If you put these into place I guarantee you and your children will not be the same people as when you started and your homeschool will have a higher level of success.
Here are simple suggestions to apply to every day living the 3 R’s:
- When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
- Spend some time alone every day.
- Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
- A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
- When faced with the choice of being right or kind, always choose kind.
- Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
- Be gentle with the Earth.
- Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
- Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
- Think deeply, speak gently, love much, laugh a lot, work hard, give freely and be kind.
Give yourself time and space to bring these habits into your every day living. As you’re changing, give yourself time to meditate and contemplate. There’s no need to rush because with children fast is slow and slow is fast. This is a life work so you have time to focus on what really matters. Allow the inspiration to flow. As you do so the rest will flow right into place.