I’ve been afraid and nervous and feeling completely out of my element for this day for about three weeks, especially as we got closer and closer to the actual day. The actual day, you guys. I’ve known it’s God’s call and I’ve preached to myself repeatedly that when he calls, he equips, but I was still half-super duper excited and half-eager beaver nervous.
But alas, it’s done! Our first day. Complete. In the books. Literally.
And I love it. I do. I like really really love it.
I can’t explain it except that my mind is exploding with creative thoughts and ideas and action plans. I feel in my element and thriving on something that’s always been a personal passion of mine – teaching. We often say God blesses obedience, but we don’t really ever define what we mean by blessing. I personally think the most satisfying by-product of obedience is fruit. Tangible fruit of the works of our hands. For example, I’m not naturally a creative person but I’ve been praying for creative ideas as I start this homeschool journey and literally after we completed our first morning, my mind was flooded with ideas! Isn’t that so cool?
I also already learned some practical things that I can try differently tomorrow.
I am teaching both Micah (first grade) and Asher (kindergarten) and today I was trying to go back and forth as we worked on lessons, but I think tomorrow I’m going to get Micah going on a project or lesson (because he can stay focused and on task for longer) before I start working with Asher. Or I may have Micah read a few chapters of a book (which he loves to do) while I get Asher going. Or both. We’ll keep experimenting to find what works best.
I’ve really been reminding myself that a schedule and the curriculum are not my master (like I so awesomely learned in Teaching From Rest by Sarah Mackenzie). I am not a slave to them. They’re there to help guide and track progress but ultimately I’m the teacher who also happens to be my children’s mom, which means I really do probably know best in this case.
To have such a huge role in introducing my children to big ideas and the love of knowledge and wisdom and learning is right up my alley. It just fits for me.
(And don’t worry, I’ll keep posting and keeping track of our journey and you know I always share both sides – the delightful and the difficult.)
Any other mamas start today? Some big things you’ve learned or are learning?
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