Hello, August! Can you believe we are over half way through 2016?!?
I’m in full on home school prep mode because we plan to start next week and as I was curriculum shopping and schedule/routine planning I decided I wanted to say some things to my other home schooling moms and possible future home schooling moms out there as encouragement.
You don’t have to be a slave to home schooling. You don’t have to have scholastically advanced children to validate your decision to home school. You don’t have to do it all.
If you are home schooling elementary age kids, focus on math and reading and writing. Let their science and history/geopgraphy be led by what they are naturally interested in. Read books, watch videos and documentaries, and talk about it around the dinner table. Keep it simple.
If you are home schooling junior high and high school age kids, and are preparing them for college, requirements are a little more specific. However, you can still be creative in accomplishing them. And, you don’t have to do as much as you think you do. I PROMISE.
For followers of Jesus Christ, education is simply one tool (of many) used to know God and to express Him in the earth. Did you know that in the first century over 90% of people were illiterate. That means that the majority of followers of Jesus couldn’t read and write, yet they COULD know God and express Him. So don’t fall prey to what the world tells you is important. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus Christ and He will let you know what is important to Him.
Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. Proverbs 1:7
For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6
As I have stopped listening to what the world says is important and paid more attention to what Jesus Christ is telling me, the yoke of home schooling has lessened tremendously. This doesn’t mean that we are lazy with our work, or that we disregard learning. It means that our efforts are more focused and unnecessary extras are laid down. It means that I am able to walk in freedom. Freedom from what the world tells me I must do to succeed, and freedom to do whatever the Lord asks of me. Freedom that is uncomfortable for some to be around. Freedom that is uncomfortable for me to walk sometimes. Freedom that is far more free than I ever realized.
Freedom that is only found in knowing Jesus Christ.
So, lay down the expectations of the world, of yourself, of others close to you, and by faith, pick up the light burden and easy yoke of Jesus Christ. Simply trust and obey. He knows what you and your kids need much better than you do, and definitely much better than the world does. He also knows what is most important to Him, and will faithfully walk us into that knowledge.
Here’s to a school year filled with true Freedom: the person Jesus Christ!