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One of the discussions I find myself returning to, whether in terms of a discussion with other parents, or when I’m reflecting on why I think homeschooling is right for us, is: what’s the point? More specifically, what are the particular goals I have in mind for my children.

While I aspire to order shiny new curriculum, have them speak and read fluent Latin, and memorize the Constitution (lawyers’ children much?), I’ve come to realize that the most important things I want for them, in no particular order, are to:

  1. Be intellectually curious.
  2. Develop capability to conduct research to find information, and relatedly to know where to look or who to ask for help.
  3. Love learning.
  4. Follow their interests.
  5. Develop strong study skills and habits, and organization skills.
  6. Work independently.
  7. Focus when necessary, for increasingly extended periods of time.
  8. Experience real life and all the lessons it has to offer.
  9. Stop and smell the roses, literally and figuratively.
  10. Have fun!

Striving to develop these 10 goals with my children, which could probably be narrowed to a shorter list of interconnected skills/traits, are far more important to me than them being able to recite all 50 state capitals–although I’d like them to learn those too 🙂