In your home and homeschool
Most of you have a few school days under your belt for the year, and I would guess that some of you have already had a difficult day.
Homeschooling will have great days, and it will have hard days. You will have hard weeks or even months during your homeschool journey. Remember that the hard days will be outnumbered by the good days. Don’t focus on the negatives and get discouraged.
In my 18 years of homeschooling, I have had many hard days, and you know what? I don’t remember the details of most of them. There are a very really hard days that stand out, but overall, I look back with fondness at the many, many good days that we had along this journey.
One year in particular, I can remember struggling with teaching high school chemistry to one child and phonics to another child. That was a labor-intensive year of teaching for me.
The year both of my in laws passed away was a difficult school year, but out of the ashes of grief, I saw my children grow and learn. They also learned about compassion, love, and empathy. They learned that it was okay to cry when you were sad. They learned is was okay to laugh when you were happy. Academically, they all progressed even as I look back at what a difficult year it was.
There were the school years when learning was not easy, and I learned different ways to teach my children. Not only did they grow through learning struggles, I grew, too.
There were years when money was tight, and our school book budget was small. In those times, we learned through being creative. We found joy in the simple things. We pulled together and learned together.
There were days when I woke up and did not feel like being the teacher. There were days when my children woke up not feeling like being students. Somehow on those days, we pulled it together and did it anyway. A well-placed field trip or day to learn outside can help when you need a change of scenery for your learning.
You are giving your children the gift of learning. What I have discovered in the past 18 years is that you need to teach your children to read, write, do math, and know how to find the answers to their questions.
Teach them about the Bible, God, and loving one another. You cannot teach a child every single thing they need to know in 18 years, but you can teach them to always be a learner and how to find answers.
What are you struggling with today?
Today’s Zone Mission is to do a 15 minute room rescue anywhere in the house.
Your Home Blessing for today is to declutter paper and magazines.
My menu plan for Thursday is chicken and a salad.
Have a great day!
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