Homeschooling has become a huge part of our life. I must admit for our family it is proven to us daily that this was the right choice for our family. With that being said I would be lying if I did not say that every school year I find myself burnt out and worn down. It is then that I have to seek out renewal in our homeschooling efforts.
More times than not we miss the warning signs that we are in a homeschooling rut. We figure we are simply tired. Other times, we are so consumed with our mindset that we don’t want to get behind that we skip breaks or feel guilty simply taking a day to close the textbooks and do a little free learning instead. We have convinced ourselves that there is an exact science to homeschooling and that we have to follow certain steps to the letter or we will be considered a failure. Yet, the very fact that we feel burnt out and ran down makes us feel as though we are failing. The truth is it doesn’t matter how seasoned a homeschooling teacher is, we have all had and will have these moments.
So how do we successfully renew our homeschool mindset?
Even though we may feel like all hope is lost there is in fact ways that we can bring back the joys of homeschooling. However, they do require a little bit of effort from us.
- Strive to let go of perfection: Our school days will not and should not look like everyone else. We will not always complete everything that is on the lesson plan. Somedays, you will spend more time molding hearts than you will the core academic subjects. These things are completely OK.
- Stop allowing yourself to dwell on doubt: When we first started I doubted everything that we were doing. In fact, there are still some days that I feel like I am not enough. Yet, this is not God talking. Instead, this is me losing my focus on what really matters. Our children will learn what they need to know, we will all grow together and we are more than enough with God’s help.
- Think of ways that you can bring fun into your school day: Even the craziest of days can end in laughter if we are willing to attempt to step out of our normal and have fun. This takes a little creativity but I promise it is well worth it at the end of the day when you have a house full of smiling children.
- Remember why you started this journey: Remember why it is that you answered the calling to be a homeschooling family.
- Find a support system: Homeschooling can be draining. We need to surround ourselves with people who will be of an encouragement to us.
- Dare to teach your children responsibility: Teach them to own their homeschooling education. This can be done by allowing them to help pick out certain things to learn, help plan field trips and even helping with the upkeep of the homeschooling area.
Renewal can be found in our homeschooling efforts. However, it will take just a little work from us. Just remember you are more than enough and you can do this.
Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,