This year is my sixth full year of homeschooling my children. Throughout these years, I’ve learned and grown so much. Here are three truths that, had I really known them at the time, would have helped me tremendously when I first started homeschooling:
1) It’s possible to homeschool frugally.
The first year involves a lot of learning about what works for your family, including your teaching style and your children’s learning styles.
So, no matter how excited you are about the books you’re buying and the lessons you’re planning, whatever you’re using now probably will not be what you end up sticking with for the long-haul. And that’s okay!
There are so many free resources, like “All In One Homeschool,” which is a complete, free online Christian homeschool curriculum. You can also browse the internet and visit your library for a plethora of information about every subject!
Or maybe, for your own peace of mind, you want to go with a relatively inexpensive box curriculum like a basic set from “My Father’s World.” That’s perfectly fine as well – just remember there’s no need to spend an exuberant amount of money homeschooling.
A great bonus to keeping costs down is that if something really isn’t working for your family, you can pitch it, guilt-free.
2) There is time to relax.
I used to think that I was too busy to relax, but the reality is that I have too much going on not to take time to refresh my spirit.
Give your kids a quiet activity each afternoon, set the timer, and take 30-60 minutes to refresh and relax. You could read a few chapters in a great book, take a warm bath, paint your nails, try a new hairstyle, take a catnap, or work on a hobby or fulfilling a dream (for me, that means writing as often as possible!).
A note of caution: If you’re new to quiet times, keep a pleasant attitude when you lay your children back down for the 15th time in 20 minutes. Eventually they’ll catch on and it’ll be worth your initial effort!
3) It’s okay to be imperfect!
As a recovering perfectionist, this was probably the hardest and most important lesson I’ve had to learn during my homeschool journey.
My job isn’t to be a perfect mom, to have perfect kids, or even to teach my children everything they need to know – my job is to love my children fully, to show them Jesus, and to help them to enjoy learning so they’ll willingly teach themselves anything they need to know as they grow older.
So while we should strive to do our best, we also need to be okay with the fact that our best isn’t perfect.
“And He said to me, ’My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me… For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NKJV)
I’m going to share three more truths next week, but for now feel free to chime in the comments and let us know:
Seasoned homeschoolers: What would you add to this list of encouraging truths that every new homeschool mom should know?
New homeschool moms: What areas do you feel that you need extra encouragement?