A big lesson I have already learned is that I CAN'T DO THIS ON MY OWN. I have to completely fix my eyes on Jesus each and every day through prayer, dependence on the Lord, and being in His Word on a regular basis. Everytime I try to do "school" in my own strength, I always fail and end up causing everyone in the family to feel miserable and frustrated. When I allow God to show me His agenda for our family, instead of creating my own, we get much more enjoyment out of learning and growing together. I am a task oriented type of person, so this is a struggle at times. The Lord is patiently teaching me how to balance our school days and teach our children through the power of His Spirit within me.
There are many other lessons I am learning as we walk this journey, but for now I will share the pictures of our humble schoolroom. We just use our dining room which is right off of the kitchen for the majority of our school time. We also love to cuddle up together on the couch for our reading times and history lessons together. Sometimes when it is nice outside, we can even sit on our back porch. Studying Science outdoors is wonderful too, but not as of lately. :)
|The main school storage area....a repurposed dining room hutch:) An endless and accessible supply of markers, colored pencils, crayons, paper scissors, stickers, glue, etc. has been very helpful.|
|A sampling of our "timeline cards" from history. Makeshift string for now, but hope to make it better in the future:)|
|Bumblebee Kate. :) We were working on some grammar, which can be a little boring at times. We tried to get a little creative as we were disussing verbs yesterday. We talked about animals and action words that accompany them.|
|Some of our favorite books we use on a regular basis.|
I have so much to learn and we are really just beginning this journey. I am thankful for the opportunity to train my kids at home and be involved with them while they are young. There are days when I just want a break, or to talk to some adults, or to go join the gym and have time to work out all by myself, etc..................but I remind myself that I can't get back these days with my young children. I look at my kids' faces and know that I have a responsibility to train them up in the Lord. With all humbleness, I believe this is possible through a multitude of schooling options, so I am not writing this article to say that school at home is the only way. I just know this is a clear calling for our family right now. If homeschooling is something you want to do, or are considering, then it is possible. I can tell you that it will be hard and there will be some suffering involved, but God will give you what you need........this I know.