Homeschool Takeaways

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. – Deuteronomy 6:6-7

 

I’m excited to homeschool! And I’m happy to see you here! You’ll find my takeaways on homeschooling, life and faith somewhere within the creases of my blog posts. Do feel free to look and move around. Feel at home and check out my notes in this homeschooling journey.

But let me begin by introducing myself. Hi! My name is Ruth. I love the Lord, my husband and my daughter. Last year, my husband and I decided to homeschool our daughter Pru. And then I decided to blog. (Laughs)

But the excitement you read at the beginning was not always the case.

First, there was apprehension. Can I do it? Can I afford it? Is our small apartment conducive for learning? 

I had to think the matter through. My husband and I prayed about it. We consulted homeschooling families and observed how they survived. Brethren in church prayed for us. We read countless posts in the internet. And then we hoarded books on sale.

I became obsessed with “homeschooling”, thinking we needed to have everything (books, especially) and know everything (though impossible) in order to homeschool.

I got so stressed to the point of giving up. My house got messy because of the books. My mind was distracted it was hard for me to accomplish chores because I was anxious. My house, and my mind was so full of ideas (providers, curricula, approaches in homeschooling) which I was ready to pursue with the slightest suggestion. I got so stressed with the aspect of “I” in the questions I asked myself about homeschooling.

I did not know what I really wanted. I was a ship floating aimlessly and precariously in the middle of a storm at sea. And it was either my husband or daughter or my home that suffered the brunt of those turbulent days.

And then it suddenly hit me. The storm — where was it coming from anyway? From well-meaning family relations who thought we were making a mistake? Not really. The pressure was from me. From the “I” in my questions. I acted as if Jesus died on the cross in vain. I acted like my chaos was beyond the reach of His grace. I acted like He said “Peace, be still!” to no avail.

So I had to go back to the Bible, repent, and pray that I may gain wisdom (Jas 1:5). I had to take notes. I had to ask questions from homeschooling parents. I had to be humble to admit that apart from the Lord’s enabling, I will not be able to homeschool.

This blog is about that, my takeaways about homeschooling, and good bits of strategies I read from other homeschool blogs, and then some. Always, you’ll see that in my homeschooling of another human being, I would find myself being schooled and unschooled myself, for my good.

I’m still a ship in that ocean, but I have an anchor that my husband and I agreed to keep when the sea is pretty rough and the shore is far away — GOD’s WORD.

It is my sincere desire that you will find something here that inspires you to continue (and succeed) in the journey by the grace of God. If not, will you suggest about a topic you’d want me to think (and then research on and write) about?

I’d love to hear from you! What was it that you wanted to say to me?