We’re in the middle of our seventh year of homeschooling now, and I have to confess that I feel a little burned out. I am fortunate that my husband became more active in teaching the children this year so I can take a step back. He takes on most of the academic subjects; I cover mainly math, foreign languages, and extracurricular activities.
One of the highlights of our homeschooling this year is the nature exploration class we take. Homeschooling gives us more time outdoors and gives the children more opportunities to appreciate nature, which I believe is essential for contentment. Helping our kids to discover ways to be content is the ultimate goal of our homeschooling.
My husband and I both admit that we’re overcompensating for the attention we lacked from our parents when we were growing up. We hope that our kids will grow up knowing that we love them and build a good foundation for understanding themselves.
It’s so easy to get lured by the conventional definitions of “success” that in constantly striving, we forget what our ultimate goal is. Nature keeps us humble and grounded. All we need to do is take a walk in the woods or along the seashore. May the children never forget that.
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