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focus & balance :: homeschooling

focus & balance :: homeschooling

Being cooped up in the hospital gave me plenty of time to think :: well, after my hyper-from-the-meds two year-old settled down for a nap!

Each year of homeschooling I ask God to give me a focus, a word of encouragement that would be tucked away and be a rallying point throughout the year. In the past there have been encouragements to ‘love them lavishly‘ or ‘explore more of who they are’ or even specifics on certain subjects. So this year I was a tiny bit unsettled starting our year without a fresh & new focus, but I simply waited on Him. Okay, a tad impatiently, but I did wait.

Homeschooling was really the last thing on my mind while waiting for my little guy’s lungs to settle, so when the encouragement came during prayer to ‘teach the basics well’, I almost missed it! Now I know that doesn’t sound profound, however I’ve also learned that the hardest thing for a homeschooling Mama to do is…well

….to stay home.

There are so many great activities & exciting classes to participate in, and we do a little of those since they provide for a variety of needs that we deem important. Oh, but it’s too easy to become distracted! And each year or even each semester, I feel the tug. So I am grateful for the ‘holy reminder’ to make the basics the highlight, the big deal. As I think through this more, you may hear additional thoughts on the topic!

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  • Mom GuideOctober 21, 2008 - 12:14 pm

    I understand…staying home is hard. My purpose this year is to teach..which meant staying at home more. It is hard with only one child. I didn’t follow the His will and signed up for classes. Only to have almost all of them not offered to do the economy. See He will sit you down when you don’t listen.
    But we are enjoying our teaching season.
    How is the little one?ReplyCancel

  • Fruitful VineOctober 22, 2008 - 2:00 pm

    Keep on following the voice of the Lord. This is also a time for me to go back to basics with my boys. It’s so hard to have to revisit what they already learned but seemed to have ‘unlearned’ all of a sudden or maybe it wasn’t all of a sudden. I guess I have to admit like you said that slowing down will help in that arena. Thanks for sharing. It made me rethink some things I am doing or not doing.ReplyCancel

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