Inspire & Encourage with Positive Affirmations for Your Homeschool
Everyone needs to know they are doing a good job, making a difference, and are deeply loved. Everyone needs to know that their family is here to help them & that they have what it takes to succeed even on the hard days of homeschooling. Sometimes positive affirmations need to be spoken to ourselves and sometimes they need to be heard from someone else. Bottom line … hearing positive affirmations spoken helps kids learn the value and power of words. But, maybe you just aren’t sure how to get started. Let’s break it down into a few manageable, positive steps.
Start Using Positive Affirmations in Your Homeschool First.
Model a positive attitude and use of affirming words teach children how, when & why to use positive statements. Simply choose one from the list and commit each day to find an opportunity to say it to each family member. Look into their eyes. Speak the words. And then end with a big hug!
Create a Positive Affirmation collage, poster board, or digital graphic.
Help your children (and yourself) find pictures, lines of text, quotes, and images that describe:
- who they want to become,
- their values, and
- what they want to achieve.
Include things they can’t do yet, but want to learn as well as things they may already be good at. Then put it where they can see it and be reminded regularly.
Make Positive Affirmations Part of Everyday Life.
Add a few of these ideas to add some fun to finding and giving positive affirmation.
Dry erase pens on windows, lipstick on mirrors, and sticky notes in prominent places are all perfect ways to catch your kid’s attention and remind them how awesome they are and how much you love them.
Incorporate music and singing in your household. There is just something about it that enhances the mood and has the power to change our attitudes.
Read, listen to stories, and watch movie biographies about famous people that are positive role models. Seeing that others have become successful regardless of their circumstances is so empowering and builds a ‘can do’ foundation. Don’t be afraid to stop reading, or pause the movie and ask a few questions. See if your family can spot areas where the character is talking to him/herself. Are they using positive or negative statements? Will those ’self-comments’ affect the outcome? What do you think might happen if the character told him/herself ….? How might the story change?
Create an Affirmation Jar!
It’s pretty simple to implement and has such a positive return on the investment of pouring love and joy into your homeschool. Here’s what to do:
- Find a pickle jar or other wide-mouthed jar and decorate it.
- Using the Homeschool affirmations printable (at the end of this post), let each child choose from the jar an affirmation to work on each day or week.
- Create pictures, find memory work, or scripture to reinforce the positive affirmation.
- Allow your child to decide if the affirmation is for themself or if they need to be sharing that positive affirmation with others.
- Help them decide who and how to follow through affirming others in the family.
Finally, sometimes homeschool mamas need their own special set of affirmations. Homeschooling can feel overwhelming. Let the affirmations included just for homeschool moms encourage and strengthen you to make it the best homeschool year ever.
Shannan is a wife, mum, and saved by grace child of The King. Her home base is in Scotland, where she homeschools her two kids (ages 12 & 15) and learns on location throughout Europe as much as possible. She is a classical/Charlotte Mason style home educator living out her God-breathed dream of raising her family in Europe. She’s passionate about many things, especially helping others learn on location using the world as their classroom. She encourages you to pursue your God-breathed dream, no matter what it is! You can join her at Captivating Compass for homeschool and family travel inspiration.