Do you have a willing heart to learn alongside your children? Access to great books? Time to spend outside? Those are the essentials. The rest will follow. I wanted to share a few pieces of encouragement that I wish I'd known when we first started homeschooling. I hope they allow you to breathe a sigh of relief. I'm praying for you as you begin this beautiful journey!
- Don't underestimate the power of prayer. When I begin my day at Jesus' feet, earnestly asking Him to lead us, our day goes so much better. Maybe you're feeling completely overwhelmed by the prospect of next year. Bring it to Him. He can lighten that burden. If He called you to this, He will equip you every step of the way.
- Don't underestimate the power of slowing down. We love savoring slow mornings, taking our time to prepare meals, to linger in good stories, to ask questions and explore nature. Our days are so much more pleasant when we aren't rushing from one thing to the next. (And if you're coming from a school situation, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by this!) Create plenty of margin in your day to slow down.
- Don't underestimate the power of being you. Do you love science, nature walks, or art? Do you excel in math? Does your family love playing games? Use that as a starting point for what you want your homeschool to look like. Your homeschool doesn't need to fit into a mold or look like your neighbor's or another family on the internet. Be who God made you to be. Your children will follow suit and thrive, being who God created them to be as well.