Today's post is by my new friend, Courtney, who describes herself below. I hope you will welcome her and visit her blog, Peacefully Less Stressed, to see what encouragement a second generation homeschooler can give.
As I stand here, the summer before my oldest child turns 6, I am in a place between the end of the a journey and the beginning of one. I am at the beginning, because I am about to embark on the journey that will entail what you are already well involved in. Like you, I will be giving of myself in the area of time, energy, effort and heart as I teach my precious ones what I feel they need to learn at this point in their little lives.
I know I will give countless hours planning their lessons on reading, writing and math. I will create learning opportunities from anything from cleaning the kitchen to running a lemonade stand. I will chose the right books, curriculum and methods for their learning. I will turn our home into a school room, where each space reminds of us of the task at hand.
More importantly, I will be praying over lessons on character, bible and life in general. I will ponder their heart lessons as we start every day. I will be alert to character weaknesses and consider the ways to strengthen them. I will lose sleep over what lessons are the most important for the time we have.
I will have them with me 24/7 from here to the end of my role in this part of their learning.
I am standing at the end of my journey, also. I am a child of such sacrifice, you see. I was taught at home from second grade straight through to college, where I attended a Christian university and graduated 4.5 years later with honors. I am a wife of a wonderful man, and we are raising a christian family. Our family is healthy, happy and blessed beyond words. I say all that in order to remind myself, as well as you that it is worth it.
From this vantage point, I can see that most of the lessons that were meant to be taught eventually clicked. I know that even though I dont recall every instruction, some very important teachings did make an impression on me. I know that while the math and writing were important, it was other lessons that stayed in my heart the longest.
I remember the special themed days, field trips, "home ec" time, morning devotionals, and serving others as a family. I remember that it was always understand that our character training was more important than any math lesson, and that what we learned about God and how to treat others came before a spelling test.
So, I stand in a special place on my own journey ...both thankful in retrospect and eager to move ahead. I know that I have a great task before me, but I know it will be worth all the effort.
So, hang in there moms who have committed to this expression of love for your kids. They may not fully appreciate the sacrifice now. It may take them having their own children to fully realize what you gave up to have them at home. It may take them teaching their own babies someday for them to realize how important the lessons you want them to learn are.
But your efforts are worth it. I promise.
your homeschooled kid all grown up
I attended Harding University, graduated with honors, receiving a bachelor's degree in Nursing. I work part time as Critical Care Nurse, with emphasis in death and dying care. I am married and I have three boys, 6weeks, 3.5 and 5.5 years. I am an active part of church and community, teaching classes and heading up a mom's group of about 50 moms. I also love writing, and use my blog Peacefully Less Stressed to encourage woman to live simply and peacefully while serving God in our marriages and while raising our children.