My challenge this month is to write on “Back to School,” and I have to be honest. I have been staring at my screen for a few minutes, not really knowing how to start. By now, if you’ve been reading my articles, you know I am an eclectic unschooler. I don’t use curriculum for every subject, I don’t lesson plan, I don’t give letter grades, and I don’t teach my children according to grade level (and to those of you who *haven’t* read my articles, I now sound like a crazy woman!). After years and years of mulling through homeschool options, I finally arrived at my “happy place” and this is where we thrive. I know other families would crash and burn homeschooling this way, but us…we seem to really dig it.
But what that means for us is that there is no “last day of school” and no “back to school.” School for us just…is. I do admit, though, that I love back-to-school supplies. I love new pencils and notebooks. I don’t even need them (we have more than I care to admit!), but I buy them anyway. (Because who doesn’t love freshly sharpened pencils?!)
What I do try to accomplish every few months is a reevaluation of where we are and the state of my heart. Am I experiencing joy in the way we are homeschooling? Am I thriving? Am I achieving my own personal goals and visions?
I truly believe that as mothers, if we aren’t having the times of our lives, then we will soon begin to resent the role that we have chosen to take on as mothers and homeschoolers. I don’t mean to insinuate that each and every moment will be rainbows and unicorns, because come on, we are tired mothers who are doing hard work! What I mean is, at the end of the day, can you truly say you’re happy that you’ve chosen to homeschool?
For this back-to-school season, that means for me, making the decision to have more deep personal connection time with the Lord. More date nights with my husband. More reading, less TV. More crafts and less Facebook. It means that when I make a mental note of something the kids are interested in and want to learn about, I actually make the learning a reality instead of forgetting about it on my never-ending list of things to do.
Each new school year I push myself to be a little more creative, to be a little more organized, and to press into Jesus more than before. I know my children will be happy, they will learn, they will grow, and they will be molded into the smart, inquisitive children that I know them to be. Why do I know this, without a shadow of a doubt? Because The Lord has told me so, and why has The Lord chosen to speak to me? Because I have made time for Him during my “back to school” preparations. Not more curriculum, not more field trips, and not more shame and guilt over what my kids have and have not learned yet. Just Him. So during your back-to-school prep, make sure listening to HIS heart for your school year is at the top of your priority list (even before the freshly sharpened pencils and notebooks!).
Back-to-school Encouragement For Moms
This post is a part of the Back-to-school Encouragement For Moms series. Be sure to check out the others posts to be encouraged!