Friday, August 18, 2017

Back to Homeschool Coffee Break - Dear Homeschool Mom

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Whether you're a veteran homeschooler, or starting your first year, whether you've got a high schooler or a first grader, the beginning of a new school year can be both exciting and a bit daunting. Each year is bound to have its own unique challenges and joys, and often you don't which is coming next. We can all use a little encouragement, so that's what today's coffee break is all about.

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The most important piece of advice I like to give every homeschool mom (including myself!) is this one: You can do this! You are uniquely qualified to make sure your kid gets the best possible education that suits your kid's unique needs.

Prepare for your homeschool year with prayer. Pray for your kids, pray over your curriculum choices, pray over your schedule. Pray for yourself and for your marriage. Pray for your local homeschool community and support groups. Pray for your friends and for your kids' friends. If it's not already part of your homeschool planning, you might want to consider choosing a theme Scripture for your homeschool or for each school year. Following are a couple of the ones I've chosen in years past.

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Strive for excellence, not perfection.  It's a good thing to expect your students to give their best effort, and as homeschooling moms we need to be giving our best effort as well, but we're human and none of us will likely be at the absolute top of our game for the entire season. And frankly, we'll fail some days, and struggle with some things. Roll with it and resist the temptation to compare your homeschool to someone else's, because they aren't perfect either, no matter what their blog or Facebook page or yearbook photos might look like.

Your lesson plans and schedules should be realistic and have room for flexibility.  Because stuff will come up to disrupt your schedules, and you'll get behind in some things even while moving much faster than you'd expected in other things. Give yourself wiggle room in the planning stages, and give yourself permission to adjust as needed for your sanity.

Building character and making memories are important.  In a way, more important than stuffing their minds full of facts. We're raising up the next generation, and while they definitely need to know history and have marketable skills, they will most need to have godly character and wisdom so they can put their knowledge to use. The foundation of faith, and strong relationships built with family and friends will carry us through when we face tough times.

Dear Homeschool Mom, I hope you have a wonderful school year ahead. As I wrote this, I prayed for you and for your family, because I don't know your individual needs, but God does, so I asked him to provide for those needs and to bring you encouragement and blessings at just the right times throughout the year ahead. May we each find support from family, friends, and a homeschool community, and may we graciously give support and encouragement to other homeschool moms as well.

What's the best advice or most encouraging word you've been given as a homeschool mom? Leave a comment and let me know! Make sure to visit the Homeschool Review Crew Blog to find all the encouraging Dear Homeschool Mom notes written by other Crew members in this final day of the Back to School Blog Hop!

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1 comments:

Annette V said...

thank you for those prayers Kym, :) they are an encouragement to me and those I care for.

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