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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Homeschool Diaries: Finding Joy in that Journey

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Today I received an email from a sweet reader, sharing her concern over not being able to always find that joy in the homeschool journey. This touched my heart, as it is something I struggle with everyday. I know that in posts, it may seem like I always have it together and that I greet each day with a smile. I mean I try to do that....who doesn't right? Most days I wake up though and do a bear growl because I would much rather get an extra hour of sleep :)  We all have our bear days right, where it is quite easy to be bogged down by life?

Homeschooling is something I love and am passionate about, but it is something that consumes my everyday. Quite literally too. I plan and prepare each night for the next days lessons. I then get up early to hop on here for a few, before getting breakfast and daily chores out of the way. Because homeschool consumes all my time during the day, I have to get up early to take care of other household things before we start our learning for the day. Once breakfast is done, we dive into school. Most days I wonder if they hear me, I get frustrated at times, feeling more like a referee than a learning coach. It gets hard and trying at times. I may shed a few tears and pray an earnest prayer. It is tough nuggets to homeschool and although sometimes it can come across as serene in pictures, there are emotions behind each picture. I snap those pictures, so I always remember those times of quite. The times where little minds are working (and not arguing thankfully).

Sometimes you will have trouble finding that joy. It happens and is a part of life. It would be very easy to not be on this homeschooling adventure. I would have a quiet house for 6 hours a day. Oh my heck what that would be like.... Honestly I think of it often when times are rough. That is when I ask myself " Could I do it" Could I stop our homeschooling journey because it got hard. My answer is always the same "No". I love being home with them and I love teaching them. Its in those small moments when the light bulb goes off and they finally understand something we've been working on. Those are the moments I hold onto because they are why we homeschool. I want my munchkins to get that one on one teaching. I want to teach them through the gospel.

So what do I do when times get sticky? I say a prayer, I cry, I take a few deep breaths, I look through old pictures to remember just why we started out on our homeschool journey. I take each day at a time and try to find the joy in the little things. Find joy in their smiles as they learn to read a book. Find joy as you snuggle on the couch, watching a documentary (this is hubbys favorite thing to do). Get outside and explore the world around you. Make learning fun. Children are at an age where if we make learning fun, it will foster a lifetime love of learning.

I pray that today you can find a little more joy in your journey, whether that is a homeschool journey or not, I pray you find joy today. We are all on different journey's, going down different paths, but we all have something in common... We want to be the best moms we can be, because those littles matter. They mean the world to us, so lets show them everyday how much we care. Take them on your journey and find a little bit more joy in each and every thing you do.

Find more Homeschool Diaries HERE.

XO Danielle


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5 comments:

  1. Danielle, you are a true inspiration to so many who read your blog. Even though I know longer homeschool I read your post and remembered the wonderful moments I was able to share with my 3 sons when we did homeschool. The Lord has truly blessed you with an amazing gift of being able to making others feel comfortable in their seasons.
    Thank you.

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  2. Keep up the good work Danielle and thanks for being honest with us. As a home school mom myself I have the same frustrations. It is a blessing that we are able to but it is tough work. I'm glad we can support one another and remind each other that you do not have to be perfect to homeschool your children and this is one of the many resources that can help along the way. Keep up the good work.

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  3. Thanks for this great reminder. It's jsut what I needed!

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  4. Thanks for this great reminder of the best parts of homeschooling. It's been a tough week here, but it's not the kids. It's the expectations I put on myself for getting things/projects done around the house. I'm kicking myself for not getting them done over the summer.

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  5. As a former teacher, I can assure you that we all had those moments. I plan to homeschool, beginning this next year. One of the things I did was keep a file labelled "warm fuzzies". I kept sweet notes from my students, parents, pics, etc. it never failed to re-energize me in the midst of my down moments!

    Keep on keeping on!

    Rejena hairston

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