My husband opened the day up in prayer, praying that all of us moms would be refreshed and equipped. God definitely answered our prayers. The first session was entitled "Joy and Success in Homeschooling High School." There was a call to build up, not tear down during the high school years. Keeping the goal to educate and equip our children for the life the Lord has called them to live allows us to make plans that will be productive and effective. Homeschooling moms were reminded to imagine their children at graduation--what do they want them to know? What kind of character do they want in their hearts and lives? What kind of relationship do they want to have with their children? This specific goal affects the plans that we make. We tailor our plans to fit the goal of who our child will be at graduation. The first plan to make is the overall four year class plan, keeping it adaptable. We continue to tweak it as unexpected opportunities cause us to make changes.
Homeschooling high school is more than getting a teenager ready for college or a career. It is a ministry unto the Lord, something we do because God has called us to educate our children and equip them for life. Jesus is our model in the way He loved and taught His disciples, correcting, encouraging, and teaching principles over and over again. Most of all, Jesus revealed God and His truth to His disciples. Our most important ministry is to mentor our children!
Everybody knows the story of Daniel and his friends in Daniel chapter one. Read more about Raising Up a Daniel.
Make your relationship with your teenager a priority, remembering that lives are changed in the context of relationships. All the relationships your child has will impact him/her, so decide who you will allow to influence your teenager. Maintain vigilance at all times!
Looking Forward to the Next Finish Well!
Merey (Meredith Ludwig Curtis)