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(1 Jn 4:16)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Responding to Questions and Comments about Homeschooling

How do you do it?

I could never homeschool because I don’t have the patience. You must be so patient.

The above question and comment are ones that I have heard over and over again. I always give the same responses.


How do you do it? "I homeschool my children by the Grace of God because without Him, I couldn't do it." This means that I begin each day with a morning offering, followed by praying three Hail Marys for purity, holiness, and happiness (by happiness, I mean eternal happiness) for my husband, my children, and myself. I pray for my husband and each of my children by name. I pray that my husband and children become great saints and bring greater glory to God. I pray that God grants them final perseverance. Over the years, I have learned that prayer is essential to homeschooling. I homeschool by offering my whole day to God and asking Him to help my children and me.

You must be so patient. "Actually, I am learning to be patient." Several years ago, I told a friend, "You are always so full of joy." I think that I will always remember her response. Marty replied, "Thank you. I pray for the virtue of joy each day."  She taught me a very important lesson. If you are lacking in a virtue, pray that God grant you that virtue. Therefore, I try to remember to pray for patience. Recently, Fr. V. told me that patience is a fruit of the virtue of joy. Thanks to Fr. V., I am going to be joining Marty in praying for the virtue of joy.

"Teach children with joy. They will be attracted by joy to the Source of all joy, the heart of Jesus." 
~ St. Katharine Drexel ~

4 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:55 AM

    Thank you so much for this post! My husband really wants me to homeschool and I've felt that it would be better for them, but I didn't think I could do it. (And I only have four children!)
    I came home from morning Mass this morning and this was one of the first things I saw. I called my husband and told him that I might be homeschooling our children this year. He was thrilled and said to say thank you from him to whoever had convinced me that I could do it. So thank you once again!
    May I ask what homeschooling program you use? (Please forgive me if you've mentioned it in one of your posts)
    Anna

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    1. You're welcome, Anna. You are blessed that your husband wants you to homeschool. I am so thankful for my husband's support when it comes to homeschooling. Starting in 4th grade, I use Seton Home Study School. Prior to that, I design my own curriculum based on my children's needs, relying mainly on Seton and Mother of Divine Grace for ideas. May God bless you and your family!

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  2. I am still coming back to this beautiful post of yours and taking notes!

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    1. I'm so happy that it helps. :)

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