Step #5: Set Priorities

Where Will Homeschooling Fit Into Your Life?

It is important that you make this a matter of prayer in your family. As “big” as homeschooling is, there may be many things much more important to your family. Do not let homeschooling “take over” your life and usurp priority that should be given to other issues.

Consider relationships with God, in the marriage, between parent and child, and among siblings. Consider parenting needs for discipline, character training, spiritual guidance, and nurturing.

Ask yourself: “What is my primary calling?” and “What robs me of the joy of fulfilling this calling?”

Do a reality check: “Is there enough time to do everything I feel I should be doing?”

“Clean house” by making a list of everything you do and eliminating those things that are unnecessary, steal your joy, fall outside your calling, and might be “good” but not the “best.”

Priorities within Homeschooling

Not only is it necessary to know where homeschooling fits into your life, it is just as crucial to know what is most important within your homeschooling efforts. Knowing this will help you know where to spend most of your time and effort. It will also give you the confidence in times of crisis to know what can be temporarily dropped.

A first step toward setting priorities is making a list of what subjects you would like to cover, putting them in groups of equal importance, then ranking the groups according to importance. (Colorado law requires reading, writing, speaking, math, history, civics, literature, science, and U.S. Constitution.) Of course, each family’s list and groupings will be different according to interests, abilities, and future plans. To help in this process, you could ask yourself, “What is essential to my child’s life?” Or, “If he learns only one subject, what should it be?” This question will need to be answered for each child according to that child’s needs and strengths. Establishing priorities is a tool necessary to keep on track, to emphasize the important, and to not get distracted or drawn away by seemingly good opportunities.