If only I had known…
When we first began homeschooling, there was a lot I didn’t know. In fact, there’s still a lot I don’t know! Here are a few things I wish someone would have told me before our first year of homeschooling.
If only I had known…
- I would be learning right alongside my children. How was there was so much I forgot or didn’t learn when I was in school?!
- it is so time-consuming.
- my relationship with my children would grow deeply because of the time we spend together.
- I would be with my children 24/7. (I am grateful I am with them, but it’s still 24/7!)
- we didn’t need those little school desks. A portable scrapbook tote works even better.
- the house always needs to be tidied up. Learning, creating, and playing tend to make quite a mess.
- I would be running an apprenticeship program teaching children to keep the above-mentioned house tidy and clean.
- I didn’t need that preschool, spelling, or math curriculum.
- how important friends would be on tough days. Having a support system of other moms who understand is invaluable!
- how much we would treasure park days in January with friends.
- academics are important, but are not the only aspect of a broad and generous education. I want to educate all of my child, not just her mind.
- there would be days I want to send my children away. They are children after all and still bicker, disobey, and test boundaries.
- I would have more than ample opportunities to train my children to be respectful and obedient.
- how much I would miss my children when we are separated for a few days. Breaks are important and I am grateful for grandparents who invite them to stay for a while, but we have grown so close that after a couple of days of rest I start missing their constant commentary and perspective on life.
- how many opportunities I would have to show grace and practice patience. (I actually told a homeschooling friend that I didn’t have the patience for homeschooling when my oldest was two. Be careful what you say! God may help you even if you don’t ask.)
But then again, if I had known all of these things I might have chickened out of fulfilling God’s calling to homeschool my children. It is a challenging and demanding job for which I am not equipped. But God does not call the equipped to do his work. He equips those He calls. So I will hold strong to the promise that He will provide what I need to finish this journey strong and that He knows what I don’t know.