Homeschooling Challenge and Support

Homeschooling Challenge and Support 

By Donna Vail

Education only occurs when the student self-educates. Every person is his own educator because he can only learn what he chooses to learn. Teachers can teach and yes we can attend classes and lectures to learn however, the only students who truly learn are those who take on their own learning and teach themselves from that which they have been presented.

Exponential growth takes place on the border of challenge and support. An Inspired Education is not an education room filled with silence or perfect little students sitting in their desks doing their studies. Its real life, peaceful and blissful at home while at other times noisy and what may seem to you troublesome at times. Yes, the children will sit at their desks and do their academic studies and work. At times they will struggle, not moving at the pace you think they should. Other times they will fly through their work at a rapid pace. On occasion everything may seem to fall apart and not go as planned but you can still be calm because you are inspired, you are filled up. You know this is the place of exponential growth; on the border of challenge and support. You are strong and well supported, you understand where your children are, what they need and why this is happening because An Inspired Education supports the parents as well as the children in homeschooling endeavors.

If you are not actually engaged in self-education it may elude you as to the effectiveness that children will actually be able to teach themselves and learn what they need to learn. One of the biggest mistakes in home education is the neglect of accountability. Systems and checkpoints much be set in place to support the child in his learning and inspire progress. Without it a child is left to his own devices and becomes stressed. This stress simply comes from not having direction and feeling like he doesn’t have the support necessary for being educated. Remember, your child is a child and can’t be held accountable for his entire education. He needs guidance, challenge and support.

It’s time to set your children up for success. Here’s five steps to create successful self-education in your homeschool.

1. Create an environment conducive to inspired learning. Be sure it includes plenty of people, the natural flow of every day life, events in the home, community and world, quality books, time tested education plan for academic excellence, love and encouragement, common sense and curiosity and time and space to explore and grow.

2. Tools and a curriculum that is whole and complete. Most curriculum’s are created to be taught by a teacher so parts of the lesson are left out of the text and must be filled in by a teacher explaining and teaching. A child can only self-educate with the most whole and complete resources that are conducive to self-education.

3. Well organized plan. You can’t get to where you want to go without a map. Using a well-organized plan will help keep you on the path to the success you desire and your children need to advance in the areas of their purpose. This includes success principles that are applied to every day living making the transition to adult living easier.

4. Recordkeeping that’s easy enough for an eight-year-old to use. We can’t clearly know how far we’ve come or how far we need to go without results that are measured. Keeping your system easy enough for your children to use gets them on the path to self-education in a faster and easier way. Not only will recordkeeping serve as records for legal purposes but they are also used as a tool to create success. This lifts a lot of the challenge between parent and child, focusing on what the tools and records reveal.

5. Accountability, thorough review, mentoring and regular mentor meetings. Accountability doesn’t mean you have to always be telling. It is a careful and strategically planned system to support your children in what they need to do. Mentor meetings bring you together as partners and giving them the support and guidance they need.

We learn most on the border of challenge and support. Keep your children challenged enough for them to step up out of their comfort zone, working hard and finishing. At the same time you will be supporting them by providing what they need and making sure they know they can do it.

What do you have in place within your homeschool to insure success?  Please join our inspired families share by leaving a comment below.


It shouldn’t be a lot of work or take hours and hours each day to create the homeschool you desire. That’s why I created the Mentor Mastery Inner Circle. It’s an easy way to stay focused on your homeschool and family, creating the balance you desire with education, work and life. Whether you’re a new to homeschooling or a long-time homeschooler looking to simplify, I highly recommend joining the Mentor Mastery Inner Circle so you can easily grow your homeschool and life each week. It keeps you inspired and you receive coaching directly from Donna in the critical areas needed to successfully set up and execute simple and effective homeschool systems providing an education in excellence while creating family harmony. It’s easy. It’s affordable. Get started today at

About Donna Vail

Donna Vail is an education-parenting specialist, coach, mompreneur, homeschooling mother of six children, author and founder of An Inspired Education. She helps families create a lifestyle of true freedom by balancing education, work and life through self-education, entrepreneurship and inspiration. She is a highly sought after consultant for her successful guidance and resources that enable parents to let go of traditional parenting and education models, creating a lifestyle of learning where the whole family flourishes. You can find more of her resources at


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