Putting The Heart Back Into Homeschooling & Curiosity Driven Reports For PK1Kids

Putting The Heart Back Into Homeschooling

So, you’re trucking merrily along with the curriculum you’ve chosen for this year.

Things are going well. You’re getting through the pages without too much difficulty. You’re getting the work done.

But then you start to feel like something might be missing. Maybe you can’t quite put your finger on it. Could it be that all the busy work is choking out all the valuable benefits that made you want to homeschool in the first place?

One of my anxieties coming into my first year of compulsory education was not knowing if I would be able to be disciplined enough to “check all the boxes” every day. What if I neglected History because I was too focused on Math? What if my daughter can read at a 2nd grade level but doesn’t know how to do double digit addition? That’s why I ended up with Heart of Dakota for our curriculum. I love that there are boxes for each subject. I have a post it note on each box and I advance it to the next day as I finish them. It makes me feel like I’m covering all the bases and doing what I’m supposed to be doing.


My post-it process for going through our Heart of Dakota curriculum.

But I have to tell you – these last couple of weeks, it has felt like something has been missing.

Something started stirring in my heart. There are so many wonderful benefits to schooling our children in our homes and I began to realize I was missing out on them. I was so worried about keeping up with the public school system that I lacked the courage to allow my heart to guide my approach to educating my children.


I decided it was time to reevaluate my homeschool goals.

It wasn’t about what subjects or levels I wanted my daughters to complete by the end of the year. I realized I had dreams & visions about what I wanted them to fully absorb over the entire breadth of their education and I knew I had to write those down and study them.

My dad always taught me: “Until you know where you’re going, you’ll never figure out how to get there.”

So as I went about my day I wrote down every dream, vision, and goal that came into my heart and mind.

Our Values & Goals For School

You can see the evolution of my approach to school with my class schedule on the right (we hardly follow this ever!)


Here’s the list I came up with:

Our Family Goals For Life & Education:

  • Curiosity Driven Learning
  • Effortless Recall Of Math Facts
  • Love & Joy In Reading
  • Research & Effectively Communicate Discoveries Through Report Writing & Presenting
  • Exploration Of Nature
  • Freedom In Artistic Expression (Facilitate With Stocked, Organized Craft Bucket)
  • Love & Appreciation of Music
  • Skilled In Growing Food
  • Lifestyle Of Eating Healthy
  • Operating As A Family Unit
  • Self Responsibility
  • Have A REAL 2-Way Relationship With Jesus

This list is very personal. It might not make sense to everyone but it covers all the longings of my heart for my children. It helps me to take another look at how I’m educating my children to make sure that I’m accurately representing what I feel God is calling me to focus on during their childhoods.

My heart longs to grow our own food, but this is the extent of my gardening skills. These poor little tomatoes are like tiny speckles of hope for a better garden some day!

My heart longs to grow our own food, but this is the extent of my gardening skills. These poor little tomatoes are like tiny speckles of hope for a better garden some day!

Do you have a similar list? How do you measure your daily lessons against your bigger picture goals? Let’s share some ideas in the comments below!

If you don’t yet have a list outlining your bigger picture goals, try a writing prompt like this to get started:

Picture your children at about 18 years old.

  • What are their character traits?
  • What do they value?
  • How do they learn?
  • What things do you strongly desire for them to be firmly grounded in?

Having a list of values and goals is great, but don’t get overwhelmed by the scope of your list.

Don’t panic if you’re not checking all of your boxes every day. Remember to give yourself grace every day and travel in the direction of your goals. Doing so will bring amazing fruit I just know it!

2018-02-09T09:16:04+00:00 October 25th, 2015|Encouragement|29 Comments


  1. Ana (@ANAWINSblog) October 26, 2015 at 6:54 am - Reply

    On more challenging days it definitely helps me to go back to my why. And to take a few days off to give everyone a break!

    • pk1admin October 27, 2015 at 8:37 am - Reply

      Ah yes, taking a break is good medicine sometimes! Thanks for stopping by :0)

  2. Belinda October 26, 2015 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    How easy it is to be distracted from the things on our hearts. I love your process you share here. All the best as you realign your efforts with your goals.

    • pk1admin October 27, 2015 at 8:18 am - Reply

      You are so sweet, thank you for the encouragement! 🙂

  3. Amanda Dufries October 28, 2015 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing your heart and wisdom. It is definitely easy to let things distract us or knock us of course. It’s good to see how others get back on track. Visiting you from Hip Homeschool Hop.

    • pk1admin October 28, 2015 at 6:51 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much for visiting! :0)

  4. Alison October 28, 2015 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    Thanks for linking up at the Thoughtful Spot Blog Hop! 🙂

  5. Jenn Roberts October 29, 2015 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    This is a fantastic post. Thank you for sharing! And thank you for linking up on my link up party this week!

    • pk1admin November 2, 2015 at 4:26 pm - Reply

      You are so encouraging, thank you!

  6. Jen Schneider October 30, 2015 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    This is a great reminder that everyone needs. I love having the freedom to teach from real world experiences. I think it’s most meaningful that way.

    • pk1admin November 2, 2015 at 4:24 pm - Reply

      Definitely – I was a straight A student in high school but only studied according to what would earn me the grade. I hardly remember anything! I want my kids to fully understand what they’re learning. Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

  7. Cheryl Long October 31, 2015 at 8:35 am - Reply

    We recently came to this same conclusion; something has been missing. When I reevaluated, I realized my #1 priority needs to be discipleship. We already had the material to work with, it was just a matter of being intentional and implementing this into our schedule. We are back on track, praise the Lord! Visiting you today via TGI Saturday.

    • pk1admin November 2, 2015 at 4:22 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m so thankful that God puts that stir in our hearts to lead us onto the right track. My husband and I have talked a few times about wishing we were more involved with our church but then realizing that we are full-on discipling three people (our kids). It’s all perspective 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

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  9. Eva at Kid Minds November 1, 2015 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    You have wonderful goals and i wish you lots of luck on your homeschooling journey. If i have to pick just one goal to talk about today, i pick independent thinking. I want my kids to think for themselves and be confident in their decision making skills.

    • pk1admin November 2, 2015 at 4:19 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for your encouragement <3 Independent thinking is definitely a top goal. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  10. Rachel W. November 3, 2015 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Gardening wise – now is the time to plant winter crops like garlic, onions, peas, lettuce, carrots, etc. We have had good luck with garlic and peas especially. I find it easier in the winter as the rain mostly takes care of watering, and the weeds are much slower growing.

  11. Melanie November 4, 2015 at 8:27 am - Reply

    Here via Learning Kid link up.
    This is good advice. I’m a newbie homeschooler and haven’t really thought about goals yet.

    • pk1admin November 10, 2015 at 8:21 am - Reply

      So glad you stopped by. I hope you find some other fun things on my site 🙂

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  15. Tai East November 11, 2015 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    Amazing post! I love that you wrote down all of the dreams and visions of your heart. So great to visit with you tonight! Thank you so much for sharing! GOD bless you, Love! 🙂

  16. Chrissy November 12, 2015 at 6:20 am - Reply

    Great list! Thank you for sharing. I can say from experience (21 years of homeschooling and at least 18 more to go lol!) that it is great you learned this early!

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  18. Moriah Steiner November 23, 2015 at 11:12 am - Reply

    Such a good post and encouragement to look at the big picture when homeschooling! Looking at what you want to accomplish for your family personally is such a good insight. Good work, mama!

    • pk1admin December 5, 2015 at 9:43 am - Reply

      You’re so encouraging, thank you for stopping by! 🙂

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