Love isn’t a warm, fuzzy feeling. We’re not talking about teenage infatuation, or overactive hormones, here.
Love is a verb. Love is the commitment you make, and the action you take. Love is much more than whether you “feel like it” or not on any given day.
People homeschool for different reasons, but it seems to universally boil to down to the fact the we love our children (and in many cases, including ours, we love our Lord).
Your child has special needs that won’t be addressed in a traditional school setting? Your child is working ahead of or behind the “grade level” the schools would box them into? School teach values with which you disagree?
Of course… But you wouldn’t care if you didn’t love your child, and in some cases the Lord.
So we do “love” (the emotion) our children, of course.
How do we “love” (the committed action) them, as homeschoolers? Let me count the ways…
We Love them enough to continue homeschooling in spite of whatever hurdles life throws at us.
A Pilgrim’s Heart shares the solutions she’s found during a year of travel and travail, in Pulling An Education Together on the Road.
The Why Homeschool blog is right on my wavelength today, exploring the question of Can only the privileged few homeschool?
Sometimes the “hurdle” is nasty winter weather. Sage Parnassus offers a wonderful perspective in Fertile Observations and Family Diaries.
We Love them enough to do what is best for them, even when it doesn’t feel like the best for us.
Everyday Snapshots shares a treat: Beat the Yellow Bus Blues: Combat Homeschooling Burnout
Okay, I only have one Carnival submission that fits this heading, but it’s such an important one for me right now. When they are ill, they would be home from school anyway… But when I am ill, it is easy to feel the longing for an easier path!
We Love them enough to give them the true education we feel they need, as well as providing for the world’s requirements to ease their future.
7 Sisters Innovative Homeschool Helps discusses how to “package” your fine arts learning into a format that will be recognized by colleges and other interested parties, in Fine Arts on the Homeschool Transcript.
Team Gray! ponders on What Is Education?
The Itchy Homeschooler is reciting Shakespeare, in the Merchant of Venice.
Practical Pages has some advice for our growing children venturing out into the world, in 10 Tips for 1st-Time Employees.
We love them enough to push and challenge them. To push and challenge authority, when necessary. To push and challenge ourselves.
Golden Grasses shares her musings on life and learning in Length and Width.
MomSCHOOL discusses the challenge in Homeschool Scheduling – Routine or Rut?
My Domestic Church offers hope with A surprising success with my right brained reader!
We love them enough to explore new territory, expand our horizons, and keep trying to find the best resources for each situation.
Tea Time with Annie Kate describes learning through The Great Backyard Bird Count.
Home School VS Public School discusses ways to look at life, via Why Should Home School Students Take Pictures.
The About.com Homeschooling Blog shares a co-operative idea in Meals and Moms: Meal Exchange Homeschool Group.
MomFITNESS shares some ideas for teaching Lessons on Health and Nutrition.
Dimes2Vines reviews some helpful resources in Home Education – Reading and Spelling.
We love them enough to…
Share a laugh with Our Curious Home, who shares Stream of Consciousness Homeschooling.
Lifelong Learning is very much on the same page as I am today, and shares a wonderful reminder about the role of LOVE in Homeschooling, with If I Knew Then, What I Know Now.
Thank you for reading… Naturally, please let me know if you find any errors or broken links.
I want to thank each of the bloggers who shared with us today. As always, it has been a joy to read through them all while putting this together (I confess I don’t typically get to read through an entire carnival!).
Please take a moment to post a link to the carnival on your blog, your Facebook page, your Twitter feed… help spread the word about homeschooling, and the carnival, and send some traffic to all these terrific folks!
And of course, good Carnival manners includes the hope that everyone will link their submitted post to this Carnival post, as well as possibly including one of the adorable COH Graphics. Thank you!
Don’t forget to send in your post for next week’s carnival! Just visit Why Homeschool for all the details, and email the info anytime before next Monday.
Image credits: Heart pencil from the Thinking Kids blog, which I discovered for that purpose, but actually looks pretty cool. LOVE from contributor LifeLong Learning. Heart Hands from Lifetips by Coach Cat, a website about which I know nothing further.