Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Homeschool Hump Day Encouragement

Do you feel like you lose momentum toward the end of the school year? I know what that looks like. You're so close to the end of the book, you think you might just stop right now. After all, most textbooks pick up with the new school year right about that place the last textbook left off, right? They overlap in teaching and learning some of those later skills.

Or maybe you're like me...the end of the textbook is so far away. You've worked hard on the material all year, but there have been struggles--yours and the kids! But the end of the textbook is almost out of sight, out of reach before the school year is over and what's the point of all this homeschooling if I can't finish the textbook? I've caught myself thinking that!!

Homeschooling Mama, this is the time to take a step back. You need something to refresh you and your homeschooling even if it's just to get through the rest of the school year. Try going to a park, taking a field trip, exploring your town or area, take the kids grocery shopping for certain items and incorporate math, or just flat out PLAY!

We lose momentum because of the monotony of what our homeschool day has become. But it's okay to deviate from the norm or what you think SHOULD be a normal homeschool day! Changing things up reenergizes not only the kids to get them ready for more learning but it gives you a new outlook, too. You can focus on the task and accomplishing it with ease rather than with struggle and conflict. Pray that the Lord would give you new ideas of teaching your children.

You know, in the Old Testament, there weren't textbooks, a normal school year or grades given out. But Deuteronomy 6 says this about schooling:

You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:7-9).
Teaching your children doesn't all have to come from textbook and workbooks. They are great aids, especially when we don't know where to begin in our homeschooling journey. But think of the world around you and what you can show and teach all of your children from God's creations!

Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego had similar quests for knowledge and understanding. They worked for the king and God gave them knowledge because they also prayed and worked for God!

Don't get discouraged, Mama! Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it!


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