Friday Favorites 9/20/13

It’s been awhile!

Today I’m blowing the dust off of Citizen Mama with a new Friday Favorites series. May the links, videos, and quotes inspire, challenge, help you brainstorm new ideas, or simply make you laugh.

Since the kids and I are well into our new homeschool year, today’s Friday Favorites is all about school.

Who says you can’t wear the same outfit for school pictures 40 years in a row? This cool teacher!

Family calendar, homework station, and lunch ideas. 25 Best School Organization Tips

Planning to make this over the weekend for my kiddos. Pronoun Match-Up File Folder Game

Homeschooling high school is challenging and its easy to get overwhelmed. There’s something peaceful about being reminded of Charlotte Mason’s methods and knowing they still work from a Mom who has been-there-done-that. 5 Charlotte Mason High School Ideas that Worked.

“Raising kids is a journey full of choices. Prayerfully supporting a friend’s choice is a way to show unconditional love. While support from other moms in your exact schooling situation is crucial for idea gathering, perspective, and empathy, don’t narrow your choice of friends down to only those who school just like your family does. Build loving bridges, not prickly fences.”  Supporting Other Mother’s Schooling Choices.

garden / photo by Kellie Renfroe

“The measure of productivity, as a parent, is not necessarily in how many items I can cross of my “To Do” list, important as those items may be. As a parent, the measure of ultimate fruitfulness is often when I seek the grace to grind the pace to a halt, and rather than rushing through the moment to complete a specific task, instead pause, looking into the eyes and hearts of my little people.” Elisah Galotti

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Do you enjoying reading? Visit my Free & Frugal Facebook page where I share FREE books for e-readers. Christian, healthy living cookbooks, gardening, and craft books are the specialty.

Overcoming Homeschool Fear

Daffodils in a stryofoam cup with colored pencils laying beside the cup.

One of my biggest struggles this year, my first year to homeschool, has been keeping fear at bay.

Am I doing this right? Are my children learning? Is it okay to stay on one math concept until my child understands or should I plow ahead like they have been used to in public school? Is stepping outside the textbook and digging deeper going to throw us off schedule? Am I smart enough to do this? Are the kids learning?

Starting out this year I thought it would be easier, challenges fewer, and nay-sayers non-existent. What I have learned is the constant faithfulness of the Lord. Sure, there have been days I’ve wanted to send the kids all back to public school. Days when it seemed like no one was progressing in their work and days when I was tired. On balance we’ve had more days when challenging concepts were conquered than not. What began as a slow year has started to move at a steady pace as the kids are beginning to enjoy the learning process and  finding a good routine. To have a self-proclaimed hater of reading beg to go to the library because all her books have been read is just one example of progress.

I’ve learned as much as the kids this year:

1. Give it all to God.
Give Him all the fear, the questions, bad days, and good days. It’s been a year of change for our entire family. It has opened my eyes to weak areas I may not have caught in the busyness of our life prior to homeschooling. Oh, don’t get me wrong, we’re busier now than ever, but I have more one-on-one time with each child. I thank God for allowing me to see areas in need of cultivation in my children’s hearts.

2. In times of transition God’s Word is a source of peace and instruction.
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” I Peter 5:7 NIV
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3 NIV
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” Psalm 55:22 NIV
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, peace, and a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 NIV

There will be more challenges, changes, and math problems to conquer in the years ahead. Overcoming fear in homeschooling is no different than any other area of life–total dependance on God and His Word.

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