4. It doesn’t have to be as elaborate or difficult as you might think.
When we served in youth ministry, many of the parents felt like homeschool would be awesome for their student, but they had no idea how to make it happen. The thought of managing it all was all too big. And I understand. But it doesn’t have to be as hard as many parents imagine it is. And it didn’t need to be as elaborate as I initially planned either!
I have been amazed at the plethora of wonderful resources that have emerged over the last ten to fifteen years for homeschool. A mom from our church tried out a few different curriculums before she found the one that fit her family. The wonderful point to that story is that there ARE tons of different curriculums and programs out there so you CAN find the one that fit your lifestyle and kids. No parent is just out there floating on an island with a library card and their student! There are so many supportive programs and curriculums that you can be sure there IS one to fit your needs.
I slightly grieved over the field trips that wouldn’t fit in the budget or when a cool project I planned didn’t fit in the day, but some of our best learning this year happened in simple spaces. Uncluttered moments. Not the moments I thought would be the most exciting or even the ones that he might find most memorable.
God wired us to learn! So thankfully, learning doesn’t have to be hard or complicated.
As our lessons came to a close this year and I told my son we were taking off for the Summer, he said, “You didn’t ask me! I don’t want to stop!” I asked him when he wanted to take a break, he replied, “After I’ve learned ALL the things. I have to learn so much more!”
The Lord had graciously answered my prayer! We could complete assignments so he’d know his alphabet or basic addition, but lighting a passion for learning couldn’t come from a worksheet. And the Lord had met that prayer of mine for our homeschool foundation.
We are both still learning. But I couldn’t be more thankful for how this year went. I know there will be bumps ahead. But for now, I am grateful for all the Lord provided for both of us!
April Motl is a pastor’s wife, homeschool mom, and women’s ministry director. When she’s not waist deep in the joys and jobs of motherhood, being a wife, and serving at church, she writes and teaches for women. You can find more encouraging resources from April here and here.
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