Friday, August 19, 2011

Preparing for a New School Year

Well, it is that time of year again at our house!  Preparing for a new school year is such an exciting time.  I love the feeling of a new beginning.  Even though we school year round, there is still a definite end of one year and beginning of another.  I like to evaluate what it is that I may want to stop doing, or what I may want to begin for the first time.  It can be quite a daunting task, but I am learning to not think so much of what works for others or what new curriculum is out there, but instead, what does God want OUR family to accomplish.  God has been showing me more and more that what looks like the perfect homeschool schedule or curriculum for others, may be totally opposite of what He has planned for our family.  Our God is such a creative God.  No two people are exactly alike…and because of that, no two families, with all the personalities that make up the household, will be the same.  We can glean from others wisdom.  I have done so very often.  But, we must be careful not to duplicate someone's ideas just because it has worked for them.  We know our family best…their likes, dislikes, things they need help with, things they excel in, etc.  So how do we find out the "best" way to do things for our family?  We must bathe it all in prayer. God knows exactly what He wants us to key on and what "curriculum" will best accomplish this.  If I had my homeschooling years to do all over again, I would have prayed a lot more and looked at catalogs a lot less.  It is so easy to get caught up in the "newest" thing out there for curriculum.  But what does God want my family to be doing?  Does this or that curriculum fit the goals we desire our children to have?  

So, I encourage you, bathe your homeschool year and choices in prayer.  Our God is not disinterested in this area, or any other area of our lives for that matter.  Far too often, we are prone to set out on our own and make these choices without ever consulting Him.  So, as you begin a new school year, pray, pray and pray some more!  May the Lord bless your homeschool choices this year!


The Adventures of a Simple Life said...

Great advice full of wisdom! Thanks for sharing!
Do you ever have a "goal" list? We tried it one year and I think I want to start again this year...


His bondservant said...

I don't have a goal list exactly, but try to keep weekly type goals. Hopefully, I can share some of the things that I do. I know they won't fit everyone's idea of homeschooling, but maybe they can be a springboard that someone can use.

Camille said...

Thank you for this thoughtful and encouraging post my friend. How true it is that we must pray about what it is the LORD would have us do! I could not agree more!! How wonderful our Great God is and how gracious HE is with us! May we all learn to love HIM more and follow HIM with all our hearts and lead our children to do the same. That is the mark of a successful homeschool, if you ask me. :)

Many blessings,

Chelle said...

We are starting ours too. I am doingthings different this year. I pray you have a wonderful school year.

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

I'm going to share this with our homeschool group. Excellent!

His bondservant said...


I am honored that you would do so.