Showing posts with label Preparing Hearts for Homeschooling. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Preparing Hearts for Homeschooling. Show all posts

October 18, 2012

How are YOUR lesson plans going?

We're several weeks into our school year now and slowly our routine is taking shape. This is never an easy process and each year is different. Our boys change and grow from one year to the next, as do their interests and passions. On one hand, I love this process, but if I'm not careful, executing those very well thought out lesson plans can be a very frustrating and painful process.

Verses like this...

“In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” -Proverbs 16:9

and this...

 “The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” -Psalm 37:23-24

...have caused me to re-asses the way I do all my lesson planning now. I'm so thankful for God's leading in this way. To read more about this, you can hop over to my article published recently at the Hip Homeschool Moms.

July 17, 2012

10 Random Homeschool Plans

Planning, preparing, organizing...
It's the mode I'm in right now.

We're really enjoying our time off from our normal routines and schedules. With a break from sports and the end of school, we decided to just BE. Our days are lazy and unstructured for the most part. The sun is out and we can't get enough of it around here. I do go back and forth, wondering if it would be better to be a little more structured during the Summer months...doing a little school work here and there. And then I realize that we need this time. We go and go and go 10 months of the year...non-stop. It's okay to take a break and rest.

With this rest comes clarity, vision, inspiration and wisdom. When I can finally take some time to stop and just breathe, my head clears a bit and the ideas and thoughts begin to flow more easily. (sometimes too easily, as in, my brain won't rest at night....working on that.)

As I was saying, this time off during the Summer is allowing our family to breathe and prepare for the next season ahead...homeschooling three boys with a very busy two year old in the mix. Last year's dynamic was much different, with a baby, a preschooler, a kindergartener and a second grader...and it was hard. We did it, but only by the grace of God and with a lot of acceptance of the place we were in at that time.

With this next season of our lives, our boys are a bit older, we're possibly a bit wiser and preparation for the next school year looks a little different this year. I can look back and clearly see what worked and what didn't work so well last year. So, with all this in mind, I wrote a post for the Homeschool Classroom sharing 10 of the things on my mind for this next year of homeschooling. 

Now that our youngest is a big boy, as with all the others, it was time for him to graduate to a new bed. A little sad for me as I see how fast our boys are growing up. Our cozy little home has three small bedrooms. Once E was out of his crib, we figured that we'd have two boys in one room and two in another. Nope. They all wanted to be in the same room. That's a lot of boys in one little room. But, three of them have shared a room for so long now that they're used to it. What's one more? So, after two consecutive nights and one previous failed attempt a week earlier, there was success. There was some getting up and down but our little guy finally settled and went to sleep, peacefully, in his own big boy bed. So happy to have made it through that move with relative ease.

Now, suddenly, we have a spare room, A.K.A blank canvas! This, of course, has thrown my brain into overdrive with ideas of how we can transform it into a study area, office, guest room and school resource room. Currently, it's a mess and I have lots of organizing to do, but the potential for something great is there.

In thinking ahead, I am realizing more and more that the number one thing that needs preparation is my heart. I can plan and plan for our school year ahead, but if my heart is left alone and not tended to, then all the plans in the world won't matter or make a difference. So, I am spending time this Summer preparing my heart by seeking God for His perfect plans and the heart change He has in mind for me. I pray that you'll join me for a 3 Day Series about this topic beginning July 23rd as I believe He has this in mind for all of us.

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