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Humility and Doxology in Education

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Educating another human being is a daunting task.  I should have realized this sooner.  As a young mom, I thought if I could just do everything the right way and create a perfect educational and home environment, I’d raise perfect children who never fought with their siblings or with me.

Spoiler alert: that didn’t happen.

Not only was I not able to be perfect, even when I did do things “right,” it still didn’t change the hearts of my children.  Or my own heart.

I’m not the Holy Spirit.

That’s a humbling, albeit obvious, thing to realize.

It’s also made me thoroughly appreciate the hard work my mother and mother-in-law put into educating their own children.  So before I had my own blog, I wrote a guest post for Lynna thanking them for their examples, and I think you might just find a take-away or two yourself!  You can read the whole post here.

There is nothing like being a parent to make you realize just how hard your own parents worked to raise you into a (semi)well-adjusted adult.  It’s only as a homeschool mom that I have begun to appreciate how much I owe my own homeschool moms.  Yes, Moms.  Because not only do I have a personal experience with my own wonderful mother and her homeschooling, but my fabulous mother-in-law was also a homeschooler.

They were both within that first heroic wave of homeschool pioneers.  Their supplies and curriculum were limited, yet they somehow still managed to educate six children between the two of them mainly without YouTube or Google.  The two of them are and were completely different in so many ways.  But without doubt, my homeschool now owes so much to both of their homeschools then.


What lessons do you hope your children remember when they’re grown, Mama? Come join the conversation on Facebook or Instagram and let me know!

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Amy Sloan and her husband, John, are second-generation homeschoolers by grace alone to 5 children ages 4, 7, 9, 12, and 14. Their educational philosophy is one of humility and doxology, and follows primarily a classical approach. Amy loves coffee, and starts getting nervous if the stack of to-be-read library books beside her bed is less than 2 feet tall. Get her started on Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Homer, or Hamilton the Musical and it might be hard to get her to stop. Mostly, though, she gets really excited about the Gospel. The Sloan family adventures in North Carolina.


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