Homeschooling, Serendipity, and Grace

To me, the best part of home schooling is serendipity. Especially when my curriculum fails and God provides a better one. It is both humbling and inspiring. This happens more than you would think.

I make grand plans of what I want my daughters to learn. I chart out a course, draw my map, and rally the crew. But then the winds blow and the rains come. We find ourselves in new uncharted waters. Yet somehow we find paradise anyway.

Well, maybe not paradise. We are still dealing with a family of five who can’t seem to shake their sin nature. But we also take a dunk into the waters of God’s grace each day, most of the time just by falling out of the boat and into those waters! Grace is the place where we can find perfect joy in an imperfect world.

I have to submerse myself in God’s grace on a daily basis. Especially when it comes to parenting while home schooling my three daughters. This parenting thing gets hard! I really don’t like to do things that I am not good at. And I certainly don’t like to fail. But I do… on a daily basis.

RockyDaddy and I value education. We even enjoyed school so much that after graduating college and working for two years, we went back for more. So don’t think that we take a laissez-faire attitude toward educating our children. We just try to remind ourselves that if they have all the knowledge of the world but do not know the Lord and His grace, then we have failed.

What is the best way that I can introduce them to our Heavenly Father? GRACE.

“Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin!”

If God gives me grace, my husband gives me grace, and even my children do, WHY is it so hard to give grace to myself?

From the few honest conversations that I have had with homeschooling mom’s, I think this problem is rampant. So I just want to share one strategy that has helped me. Of course the first step is to know God’s grace or you can never give grace to yourself.

One of the ways I have given grace to myself, is to change my home schooling perspective. Instead of making a huge list and never being able to check off everything (which feels like failure to a first born), I made blank spaces in my lists. These spaces are to write the things that I accomplished. Maybe I didn’t complete Math lesson #115. But I did have my second grader make change at the store, figure out how to measure 2 cups of
flour with a ½ cup measuring cup, and teach her how to multiply by 2. That counts as math! So I write it in the space. I don’t beat myself up about lesson #115. I just do it tomorrow. My chart is still full of useful things that my child has learned by the end of the day.

I cannot tell you how freeing this has become to me, just by switching record keeping methods and perspective. Maybe some day, I can even be called the “Graceful Homeschooler”. Ha! Long way to go from that. But it is a vision to follow.

If you want to use a simple chart like mine, here it is just for you! The key is to develop attainable, appropriate, and measurable goals to follow and pray without ceasing! Click on the “Homeschool Planner” link on the side of this site.

Oftentimes real learning happens from life and not from a curriculum. Develop a natural gift for making useful discoveries by accident- that is serendipity!

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