{A New Year of Homeschooling is Here}

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{Thoughts On a New Year of Homeschooling}

I’m cleaning/organizing the schoolroom today. We don’t start school around here until after Labor Day—but I must confess I have not even THOUGHT about what we are doing this year, even after all my well intentioned plans to do school through the summer. The fact is, I needed the break and so did the kids. So… we took a break!

It’s easy to become anxious about all that is before me as I make lists and write out what needs to be done by subject and skill level. But as I reflect on my two oldest daughter’s homeschool years I am reminded that the BEST memories and the best “fruit” from their homeschool years really came from hours of reading aloud on the couch. The good stuff, the best fruit, was born from good conversation and meaningful discussions about everything from history and science to politics and current events. It came from studying the Bible together and asking questions together.

The best fruit never came from a text book.

As you begin a new school year, keep in mind the best thing you will do with your children this year is to show them by example what it means to love them through the ups and downs of everyday life.

Love them when they don’t get long division again (even though you’ve explained it a million times).

Love them through hormonal outbursts :) …yours AND theirs.

Love them enough to consistently correct not only their schoolwork but their attitudes and actions.

Love them enough to say “I’m sorry” and to extend forgiveness as often as it is required.

Love them enough to put your husband first. <3

Love them enough to stop "school" and address a bigger issue—because you realize that a child who knows Latin but can't be kind or respectful is really worse off than a kind, respectful child who only speaks English. :)

Love them by demonstrating the character traits you want them to learn. After all, children learn by example first.

What are you hoping to harvest at the end of your homeschool years? Plant with the harvest in mind.

Heidi St John Homeschooling Guide to Daylight

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Heidi St. John has been married to her husband Jay since 1989. Together they have seven children from toddler to adult and have homeschooled all the way through high school. A favorite conference and radio speaker, Heidi approaches marriage and parenting with humor and grace. Her passion to encourage moms and set them free to be who God has created them to be will bless and encourage you.
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5 Responses to {A New Year of Homeschooling is Here}

  1. Sky says:

    We haven’t started school yet either, I don’t like to get going until after Labor Day, it’s still summer time!

    I loved your reminders.

    It’s so important not to set the bar too high. We all have expectations for ourselves and our children but we have to make sure we keep these expectations beautiful and not let the pressures around us turn them into a harsh and unyielding task.
    One of the fantastic things of homeschooling is being able to address all life issues, character, morality, being part of a community, being individual; so many things! Scholastic learning is only a small part of life!
    Sometimes that Greek history needs set aside for some love and laughter in the kitchen!

  2. Christy says:

    This is my first visit to your website. This will be our 6th year homeschooling, and as always I am a little nervous, but I know God has some wonderful things in store for this school year. I have browsed your site, and I plan on looking at it in depth later today. Just the 10 minutes I spent on it this morning has encouraged me beyond belief. Thank you so much.

  3. Love is so powerful… Today has been super heavy on the character development and I found myself calling my mother to see if we were like this when she was homeschooling. Sure enough, we were. I’m so thankful she loved us through it all and thankful for the opportunity to love and learn with my children.

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