It’s that time of year again. Time to think about what to do for homeschooling next year as far as curriculum goes. The bad news is, our budget is tight but I love to buy stuff. Lots of stuff. New, glossy, smell-the-ink-and-paper stuff. The good news is, last year I overbought and didn’t use all that new, glossy, good smelling stuff. I bought ton of books that never even left the shelves. Either I completely nixed the curriculum or there was plenty of material for two years anyway and we just didn’t get to it yet (i.e. science). Seems that out of necessity, I will actually teach Max out of the books that we already have on our shelves.
What a concept for me to grasp!
I am super thankful to be apart of a support group through our church. Every single day I hit some kind of wall when we homeschool – usually my own frustration with not being able to create this calm environment I picture in my head. I’ll be honest, our two hours of homeschooling seldom go smoothly from start to finish.
I brought that guilt with me to our support group meeting. God, who faithfully meets this stubborn girl who easily jumps to the conclusion that I’m way out of my league as a homeschooler, spoke to me tonight.
Anna, I don’t call you to homeschool like “Suzy” over there. I call you to homeschool YOUR child using YOUR gifts that I gave you.
Anna, chill out with the writing already! Dude. Chill out! Because I love you, here is ANOTHER example I gave you that your son can write. Please, just encourage him. Take a picture of this, okay? Remember how much fun you had writing this birthday card for Grandad with him?
Anna, stay in my Word everyday. I have verses for you like Proverbs 19:21 “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” There’s good stuff in My Word. Don’t miss it.
Anna, listen to these women who have been doing this longer than you have. They have experience. Their honesty, sense of humor, and wisdom will be exactly what I use to teach you and encourage you. Think Titus 2, girl. You need many Titus 2 women in your life.
(these are all paraphrased, of course.)
Anna, you will be surprised what you’ll find at a used book sale for fifty cents and what gets a BIG reaction when you come home.
I bet you’ll see a similar reaction when you look at some of those books that are sitting there on your shelf. Don’t sweat it.
One last thing I heard someone say tonight was (and she quoted someone else but I can’t remember who it was) “homeschooling is more for you than it is for your child.”