Yesterday, I covered 5 of 10 things that surprise me about homeschool.
I’ll admit I had some reservations about being my girls’ only teacher. Determined to follow God’s will for us, Eric and I clasped hands and started down this path, not knowing what was in store. I have been most pleasantly surprised to find that homeschool works really well for our family.
Some more surprises:
6. We have more time than we need.
I was afraid I would barely be able to cover the necessary subjects. There aren’t enough hours in the day to learn all I want to cover.
Somehow, one semester in, we’ve done not only the basics, but tons of fun stuff too. It’s mysterious…kind of like when you tithe and your budget doesn’t work out on paper but it somehow comes through every month. Life has a way of making room for the important things. If you allow it to…
7. I am flexible (AKA not a control freak)
I was a preschool teacher, so I knew I would have patience to let the girls learn at their own pace. But would I be able to handle shifting schedules, unexpected interruptions, and rabbit trails? Highly doubtable.
I like things somewhat in order, which is never good for a God-following gal. What is startling to me is that the little twitch I used to get when things didn’t go according to plan has disappeared. I am easy going and carefree, along for this ride called homeschool. Weird.
8. My husband loves it.
Although we made the decision to start homeschool together, I had doubts that Eric would appreciate our new life.
In spite of the mess and the relaxed schedule, Eric just loves having our kids home all day. He not only appreciates all this, he is involved and excited. Considering his first reaction was “No way!” this is miraculous indeed.
9. I still have a life.
I went into this homeschool thing with the expectation that I would sacrifice myself for the next thirteen years. How noble, right? Thank God that He did not require that!
As much as I love being with my kids, God gives me a little break from time to time so I can refresh. I still have interests, activities, and a personality outside of home. Very unexpected.
10. Little old me just might be the best teacher my kids will ever have.
Now this is the biggest shocker of all. How could I, like, teach my kids? I coasted through high school and only went to college long enough to get the job I wanted. I now appreciate that no matter how many degrees they have, no other teacher around will love my kids like I do.
What’s love got to do with it? Everything. My love for them is what drives me to find the best way to teach them what they need to know. And you can bet I’m not going to move on until they fully grasp a concept.
Best of all, both girls think I’m the coolest teacher around. Yeah, I’m the only teacher around, but I can live with that.
Whether or not you’re a homeschool parent, you can agree that life is surprising. I still don’t know what the next few years will bring but if homeschool has taught me anything, it’s that God gives you just what you need for each moment he’s brought you to. For me, that’s enough.