Every homeschool mom can tell you there is a plethora of resources available. Veteran homeschoolers can tell you how they had to come up with their own materials by piecing things together or buy purchasing private Christian school curriculum. Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on your personality, there is no lack of homeschool supplies!
The thing is – YOU are in charge. You have to weed through and find just that perfect untainted curriculum that will make your child(ren) want to learn and to keep on diligently learning throughout their educational career.
YOU get to decide what books to use, what method to follow, and what your students will study.
A simple Google search will promptly render an overwhelming amount of information on homeschooling that no one could possibly read in its entirety. There are numerous blogs written by home educating moms and dads. If you aren’t careful, you will see this homeschooling thing as too much of an undertaking. Let’s just be honest here, no family is perfect and bloggers tend to blog about our almost perfect days and the days where we have systematically accomplished most of what was on our to-do list. My to-do list is rather long and we rarely get through it. Do you see the common thread here? Almost, most, rarely… It’s not quite perfect but when we read about Sally’s day and how Johnny and Suzy completed their math assignments by 7:30a.m., we can tend to feel a little intimidated. If we aren’t careful, doubt will slip in and with that comes confusion.
We read. We plan. We purchase books. It doesn’t mean it will work out.
Our lives are not like the blogs we read. Life does not go according to plan. So in our planning, in our implementing, in our working hard, we need to know that if things don’t work out – they just don’t and it’s OK.
As you are reading those blogs and pondering over book catalog after book catalog, follow your heart. Follow wisdom and make the best decision you can on books that you think you will enjoy teaching from and your student(s) will enjoy learning from. But remember that if it’s not working, it’s not working and it’s OK.
One day we will be made perfect but it’s not in this lifetime. Until that glorious day, remember that His strength is made perfect in weakness and His grace is sufficient for you, for your homeschool, for your family.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses,so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 12:9