Character quality studies were a regular part of our homeschool lifestyle. One of my daughters, about 6 at the time, said, “I know a character quality you are, Mom.” I was expecting to be praised, but in the next moment she informed me that I was “ignorative.” It took an expression of her sweet little observation to make me see that I was doing so many things at church and in the community that my family felt neglected. Paring down activities to fit our goals was one of the best things I did for my family.

6. Be creative. Even play became school for us. Our family is interested in Civil War history. Attending Civil War reenactments has become a great source of enjoyment for us and are extremely educational as well. We were volunteers at Historic Fort Stockton for years, and our children became employees there in their teens. Before she married, one of my daughters became Main Street Manager for our city as a result of her work and association with the Fort. These activities were fun and refreshing for us and led not only to greater knowledge of our nation’s history but also to opportunities to serve our community and even to future employment opportunities for our children!

7. Enjoy yourself. If you have made the commitment to homeschool, then you are going to have to accomplish that goal one way or another, so why not enjoy it? Abraham Lincoln said, “A man is about as happy as he makes up his mind to be.” The Bible puts it this way: As a man “thinketh in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7)

The deeper you go, the more miraculous the journey can become. Turn on the lights in your heart; it’s amazing what you will see.

Jody Day and her husband Randy completed their homeschool journey this year in Fort Stockton, Texas, where Randy pastors New Beginnings Church. Jody is Children’s Programmer/Piano Teacher at the public library. She enjoys her grandchildren, music, writing, and crochet. For more information about Jody and her family, visit

Copyright, 2011. Used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in The Old Schoolhouse®Magazine, Summer 2011.

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