How Long Does It Take to Build a Homeschool Castle?

For the children yet to be born.

Psalm 78:6

 

How many years have you been working on your homeschool castle so far? How long do you think you’ll continue to invest in its success? Have you thought about what it will be like when your first child graduates? Will that be the end or just the beginning? Do you ever dream of your own children homeschooling your grandchildren? That might sound like a long way off, but if you will stop to think that far into the future, I believe the possibilities can be exciting.

I’m a big proponent of home education, and I think parents should persevere in this journey and stick with it for the long haul. Of course, not everyone is cut out for long-term building projects, and make no mistake about it, homeschooling is a long-term project. Much like the castles of old, which typically took three or more generations to build, a home school can take many years to firmly establish. The first three to four years are often the make-or-break period.

The apostle Paul exhorts us to run to win (1 Corinthians 9:24). But homeschooling is a marathon, as opposed to a sprint. The point is that, like building a castle, it requires perseverance. And it isn’t always going to be a clear path or easy terrain, but the long-term rewards are well worth the effort.

As you progress in your homeschooling journey, I suggest you think in terms of multiple generations, because your homeschool “castle” won’t necessarily be completed after your last child has graduated. Ideally, your grown children will homeschool their own kids. And you may be asked to lend your support as a homeschooling grandparent. This may require learning, teaching, and discipling young ones throughout your entire life, and that can be a wonderful thing.

As you think about your kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids, the task of building a homeschool castle might sound daunting. But I want to help you continue this adventure of a lifetime for many years to come. Let me share with you three reasons why you should persevere and keep building.

Reason #1: FAITH

Homeschooling is a walk of faith. As I make plans, God often directs my steps in ways I could have never imagined. The end result is that my own faith is stretched and purified like gold in a refiner’s fire. It isn’t always fun or easy. And sometimes it feels a little too personal. But as I grow and am sanctified, I am being transformed into the likeness of my Savior Jesus Christ. Hallelujah!

Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). All the ways God is moving in the homeschool community may be difficult to understand in present circumstances, so staying the course will require faith. Trust God as you persevere in the construction of your homeschool castle because He is faithful.

Reason #2: HOPE

When driving down the interstate, I get downright frustrated by people who are in a hurry to pass me, only to find another car sitting right in front of them. I wish these people would extend their vision to see beyond one car at a time. If they would look ahead and see that everyone in front of them is keeping a safe distance from the next car, they would realize that the best plan is to be patient and go with the flow.

Unlike those drivers who can see down the road, as homeschoolers we can’t always see very far into the future. You pray that your kids will succeed, but what if they don’t? You pray for a harvest of good and satisfying fruit from all your labors, but sometimes it doesn’t blossom until after the kids have graduated. We may not see all the fruit of homeschooling in our lifetime, so persevering will call for hope.

Reason #3: LOVE

Your homeschool castle can’t be built alone. It will require the help of others. Your spouse is one key relationship. Your children are the other key builders involved in the venture. Then there are friends and extended family.

As a homeschooler, you will spend a large amount of time with your immediate family. For some people, this sounds like a recipe for disaster. But I suspect you will be pleasantly surprised to discover that you actually grow closer as you spend more time together. The bottom line is that building your home school will require the commitment and involvement of your family in ways you never expected. So you will need to love your family in the process.

I hope you’re ready to put many more years into the construction of your homeschool castle. Persevere. Your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will thank you.

So how long have you been homeschooling? Are you committed for the long haul? I want you to succeed, and I’d love to hear how it’s working out for you.

Walking by faith and enjoying the homeschooling adventure of a lifetime!

 

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