Wow. This morning I created homeschool journals for my girls, as I have been doing for…10 years?
Truly, this is homeschool adventure number 10? What happened to homeschool adventures 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9?
I was a novice homeschooler for so long, I feel like a hypocrite saying I’ve been at it for 10 years. Wisdom? Am I at the point where I can say I’ve gained any wisdom?
The proof is in the fruit, and I don’t mind telling y’all, that scares the boogers out of me.
While in high school, I went to church with a few homeschool families. They lived out in the middle of nowhere, got snowed in for weeks during the winter, and I remember thinking, there is no way I could live that kind of lifestyle.
As a young wife in my mid twenties, I was privileged to be allowed to visit a homeschool family during a weekday to see just how they pulled it off. I played with the kids at the park during recess, learned about different types of leaves during science class, entertained the 3-year-old while the mom helped the older kids and wondered if God was calling me to do this with my kids when they came along.
In 2008 I became friends with yet another homeschooler, and in the intervening years, her friendship, encouragement and prayers have meant the world to me. I don’t know if I would be starting my 10th year of homeschool without her.
My girls are starting their 9th and 6 grade years, and we no longer need crayons and glue sticks. Instead, they need highlighters, notebooks, printer paper and books that cannot be purchased at the local Dollar Tree. However, today if they want to make an art project, they need not rely on their blind mother for assistance.
BTW, that never worked out too good. LOL I was never so happy to learn that they could cut out shapes without my help.
Today, they need me to learn alongside them how to do the long division with or without decimals, coach them in memorization, and help them think for themselves.
Daunting? You betcha it is.
How am I going to manage it?
1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV “Pray without ceasing.”
God has a plan, and I’m going to let Him do the growing. I’m going to plant and water and expose my young’uns to the Son light. We’re going to stay connected to the vine, and He is going to grow the fruit. Amen? Amen!
Lord willing and I survive this first week of middle and high school, I’ll post another blog entry next Monday with some advice for those who are newer to homeschool. Be sure to subscribe, so you won’t miss it.