Sometimes we homeschoolers can get a little competitive:
“MY kid was reading when he was 4!”
to which someone replies,
“How lovely, MY kids completed algebra in 5th grade!”
Ever heard that conversation?
Homeschool Student Just Average
The truth is that MOST homeschoolers are normal, average kids. They won’t go to Harvard, they score in the 50th-78th percentile on achievement tests. They perform well-enough in their 3Rs.
And guess what? God created them beautiful in His eyes. He gave each child just the right IQ and just the right other talents to accomplish HIS goals for each of them.
God doesn’t need millions of homeschool Einsteins. He needs just a few of them. He need LOTS of future missionaries, artists, nurses, teachers, plumbers, soldiers, entrepreneurs, and counselors.
Our homeschoolers don’t need to go to Yale for that; they don’t have to be top of the pyramid!
What they do need is to:
Search for and discover the giftings God has placed in them.
Each of our children is fearfully and wonderfully made. Since that is so, then it is an honor to God to help them find the special blessings that He has created in each child. (You can start your homeschool high schooler with a FREE look at the role models God has placed in his life as guides.)
Learn to cope with any weak area by developing perseverance in character, specific skills that might help (such as organizational skills for homeschoolers with ADHD), and not wasting time doing overly high-leveled curriculum in their weak areas.
I have some helpful pins from some wonderful folks at my Homeschool Special Needs Pinterest board. Also all our literature and writing guides, AND psychology, human development, and philosophy have instructions on how to “level” the learning activities- from average learners to honors activities. AND no time-wasting busywork.
Compensate by really leaning into their interests and gifts. Specialize in those areas- create projects, field trips, read books, watch educational dvds.
Check out my Homeschool Career Exploration Pinterest board for LOTs of activities to help explore, then have some fun!
Strive to glorify God by understanding and appreciating themselves and others.
Can your child tell you how he was fearfully and wonderfully made? Can she explain God’s love for others? Visit tomorrow for more…
Your average kid: ABOVE average in God’s eyes!
Here are Sabrina’s thoughts (shared with a chuckle a gentle chuckle at herself) about Average kids –