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hope for the homeschooling mom

Nest Building

Simply Beginning Homeschool with Peace

homeschooling with peace - a discussion of the book Teaching From Rest by Sarah Mackenzie

I recently went to a homeschool event – a sort of training.  It was my FIRST experience with anything homeschool.

I have known a number of homeschooling families throughout my life.  I have gone through the phases of thinking it is the weirdest thing ever (my junior high self), to thinking it seems like a pretty good idea.  My thoughts on homeschool have run the gamut and have settled on this:

{Deep breath}

We are going to do it.  And I am excited. Then nervous…and excited…and nervous.

I have shared these thoughts here before.  Aren’t they deep?

Anyway, back to the homeschool event.  I saw it ALL there.  And I talked to all kinds of moms preparing to teach their children at home this year.  There was a tiger-mom.  There were the overwhelmed moms.  I heard a powerful testimony from a mom to a boy likely “on the spectrum.”  I heard from mother’s of 6, 8, 10(!) kids who homeschool.

Prompted by questions, these women would begin to share the practicalities of their homeschool days.  To a woman, each had a book they recommended for this homeschooling journey.  I began to make a list.   Continue Reading

Devotion

Hope for Homeschooling Moms

hope for the 1st time homeschool mom

I feel as though I stand on a precipice and I am about to jump into a very deep pool.  It is foggy, murky, and definitely unknown.  I feel myself stretching out, feeling for something to grasp onto before I jump into the water.  I create a plan for jumping in, gather up my courage, and then second-guess myself, and run away from the edge.

Practically, in my head, I know others have done this before.  I can see plenty of others in the distant water, splashing and having fun – thriving in this foreign environment.  I see they somehow jumped from the place where I now sit perched and survived the fall and the crash into the water.  And yet…

I still haven’t jumped in.

This is how I feel as my oldest starts school later this month.

You see, she is not just starting school.

I, too, am starting school.

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