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Y’all, this last week has been tough! We moved into our rental property temporarily and we (Greg and I) decided to do the work all ourselves 😳 why?! For my fellow Fitbit junkies, I racked up over 20k steps a day for those three days! I love my Fitbit… it’s probably the only reason I didn’t throw in the towel.
As you can imagine Homeschooling became increasingly difficult, my patience was short and Ari was doing the exact opposite of everything I asked. I suppose I should have expected this, with so much change occurring; but I began to question my choice to homeschool.
Not only because I was pulling my hair out but Ari didn’t seem to be enjoying himself either.
I actually searched for other options like, hybrid homeschool classes, part-time elementary programs, parents mornings out even!
But then I remembered the book all homeschool parents should have on hand for when the poo hits the fan, and you begin fantasizing about that yellow bus and brown bag lunches. The Unhurried Homeschooler: A Simple, Mercifully Short Book on Homeschooling!
I jumped straight to the last chapter. “Final Thoughts to Ponder” and thank God I did.
What Stopped Me From Giving Up On Homeschool
I was reminded of so many important things:
1) I shouldn’t try to mimic the US educational system. It’s broken and we all know it! Homeschool should revolve around home life not the other way around. I hate to admit it but slowly our homeschool had morphed into something closely resembling traditional school?! I didn’t even notice.
2) Let go of my expectations and surrender to God. His vision will always be better than mine.
3) At the end of the day, what matters most is that Ari knows Gods love for him and that he loves God.
4) I have permission to SLOW DOWN, and savor these precious years with my son. If I allow, God will lead me, and our homeschool journey. He know what I need better than I could ever know.
Huge sigh of relief!
5) This is not a race. My son is 4 years old. This is not a race…
The Changes I’ve Made To Our Homeschool Schedule
1) We don’t start our homeschool day until late morning/afternoon…. because Ari is not a morning person even though he wakes at SIX A.M.!
2) I only introduce small bits of information. Like two sight words a day, even though he is capable of more.
3) I make a continuous effort to rely on God, knowing that he is guiding me.
4) My top priority is to reinforce what he learns in “Sunday school”
5) I allow Ari to have a hand in planning his day and what he will do when.
So here’s to continuing Homeschool! This is only my first time wanting to quit… I’ll let you know about the second as well 😉
Please! Tell me about your near quits!! What help you to keep on keeping on?