Even the best homeschool mom faces days or weeks where she questions if she should quit or not- sometimes after a year and sometimes after 5. Other times, we can also recognize that we've not taken the time to really reflect on our WHY for educating at home or cast a true vision for our homeschool. Those are both INCREDIBLY important.
In this video, I discuss why this matters, along with ending with some general "points of refreshment" that I use to encourage myself during challenging seasons. It could be called "A List of What I Have Learned." I hope you enjoy!
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For anyone who might be interested, here is a list of "What I Have Learned and Need to Remember" that can sometimes serves as a reality check or attitude adjustment when I need it. I'd love to hear what you would add to this list!
- But first, always, pray.
- If it doesn't stick after the second or third exposure, set it aside and wait for readiness.
- God's Grace is sufficient to cover any "missed topic".
- If in doubt, wait.
- Curriculum is a tool: use it, stop it, pick it up again later, and stick with it if it's working.
- Focus on the areas of importance for THIS SEASON, and let everything else go. You don't have to "cover everything". Quality over quantity. Depth not breadth.
- Keep tons of margin in your day. A rushed, stressed mama disrupts a child's ability to learn.
- Have a rhythm, not a stringent schedule.
- Leave lots of room to build memories.
- Give everyone GRACE GRACE GRACE, including- especially- yourself.
- Dad can teach a subject on Saturday mornings.
- Again, if in doubt- wait.
- If it works for you do it. Don't compare to your friends, bloggers, or kids/teachers at school. Just don't. It destroys joy, creates anxiety and wrecks peace.
- Perfection has no place in life, much less homeschooling.
- Again, anxiety and rigor and comparison all discredit the Cross and the sufficiency of God's grace for what he's called you to.
- He HAS called you, and he WILL equip you.
- There is a season for everything under the sun. A season for read-alouds and a season for audiobooks on headphones, a season for one on one with Mom and a season for online courses, a season for early morning classes and a season for napping when possible, a season for field trips and exploration and a season for staying close to home, a season for book club and playdates and a season for simplicity, a season for complicated literature and a season for just-for-fun.
It's ALL GOOD. He created it all and placed us in it, according to His timing. He knows all of the seasons and has a lesson and plan for each one. Rest and enjoy.