We hit a rough patch early in the fall. We had been working hard on the house–painting, cleaning, organizing, and decluttering. That’s exciting! All good things.
But then there was the flat tire, the dented car door, the leaking sink,the dentist appointments, the strange little stomach bug with a slight fever, the lost library books, and those pesky multiplication facts. Sigh. Real life.
Suddenly, in the midst of all that LIFE, I kind of crumbled under a whole lot of self-doubt. Have you ever been there? You’re working hard to do all the right things–to check off all those boxes–but you always feel behind and inadequate. That’s where I wallowed for awhile. Homeschooling, in particular, was feeling like a bunch of “get dones” instead of the joyful privilege that it can be.
I’m not one to linger in a bad mood for long, and I knew I needed to do something to shake the funk. I reached out to a group of homeschool moms who might understand. Their responses were incredible. They were practical, offering actual help for spelling and reading. They were whimsical and inspirational, reminding me that I’m not alone. One friend told me to get back to the WHY of our decision to homeschool–to return to all the things I love about educating my children at home. That advice was a true answer to prayer, and I followed it immediately.
In our homeschool, getting back to the WHY means experiencing the outdoors. It means learning through all of our sense. It means learning by doing. It means reading lots of things from a variety of sources and subjects. It means learning together as a family. And it looks a little something like this: