Wow! Was it really that simple?

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The answer I received to make it all click and work for us.
Finally, we were homeschooling with a purpose.

Praying over your homeschool

Do you ever feel like no matter what you do it doesn’t seem right? Please tell me that I’m not alone? I just can’t be the only one!

I have a confession to make. This post has been by far my hardest post to write yet. It requires me to admit my failures and struggles in our homeschool journey. No one likes to admit that they don’t have it all together. Especially when it comes to teaching our children. After all, we should know our kids and ourselves better than anyone else, right?

You would think that having their preschool years to plan how you are going to homeschool would be enough time. Unfortunately, I didn’t put too much thought into it. I was too busy raising babies close in age to think to much about it.

Homeschooling isn’t easy. But, it also doesn’t have to be as complicated as we make it sometimes.

If you have changed your homeschooling methods and curriculum more times than you can count, you are NOT alone.
Changing your curriculum choices numerous times isn’t uncommon. You just might not realize that when you first start homeschooling. It is all perfectly normal.

 

Here is a brief rundown of some of the different curriculum we have used. Hold onto your knickers!

  •  Horizon by Alpha Omega Publications. A colorful and spiral curriculum. We only used the Phonics & Math workbook. We didn’t complete all the workbooks because it was a lot of work for a Kindergartener. Bottom line, we liked this curriculum but couldn’t afford to purchase the full curriculum for 1st grade the following year.
  • I purchased a book that claimed to be a Complete Curriculum. This book appeared to be a hands-on curriculum. Needless to say, this book lacked some very important lessons and wasn’t as complete as it claimed. In which I didn’t realize until the school year was almost over. It’s lessons were all over the place. Moving on
  • Next… I decided to try and piece together my own curriculum. I purchased a lovely book titled What Your 2nd Grader Needs to Know. (I didn’t use the Core Knowledge Series, that didn’t exist at the time.) This was a great guideline for what to teach. I needed to fill in some gaps though. By this point I had quite a selection of workbooks and other curriculum that I had picked up from yard sales and thrift stores that I was using.
    This was working out okay, but honestly I hadn’t found my niche to planning a whole year of my own curriculum yet.
    Cheese & Sprinkles! We were busy!
  • By the next year all our children were “school” age. I searched for a curriculum that we could all do together. 
    I found The Weaver Curriculum. A Biblical based, unit study curriculum, that included everything except math. It covered all the grades I was teaching and I found it used on Homeschool Classifieds for a great price. (This is a fantastic site to purchase used curriculum.) Weaver was an interesting approach to teaching/learning. It offered just what I wanted: biblical based, hands-on activities, unit style and multiple grade levels. I really liked so much about this….. but…….enter BIG BUT….. it required LOTS of planning.Intense planning. I was spending so much time planning that I felt I was taking away from the actual teaching & learning. I really did like using this curriculum there was just so much to it.

    I began to wonder if I wasn’t cut out to do this homeschool thing. Feeling like a failure. Constantly grabbing and reaching for something, yet never really finding it. To this point I had now homeschooled for 4 years and still hadn’t found our groove. What was wrong with me?
  • I mentioned above that Weaver included all subjects except math. I used Math Mammoth. We still currently use Math Mammoth for all our children. It’s super affordable and a wonderful engaging curriculum. We purchased the download version. (There is almost always a coupon circling the internet for Math Mammoth.)

Then life happened. You know that sneaky thing called life that throws curve balls at you.
Be careful, because if you’re not looking & not wearing your catchers mitt, it can hit you right in the kisser!

I went back to putting together my own curriculum. I again, collected some popular, well-known, homeschool workbooks and teachers books from my thrifty travels to use. We were doing a little of this and a little of that.

You see, I changed the what and how so many times. Some I had to change because of the season (in our homeschool journey) we were in. But what was the reason I really couldn’t find my direction?

 

Now, finally to the point of this whole post…  What made it all click?

 

Prayer

Prayer in your homeschool

Yep!

It was that simple!

You see, I had prayed about our decision to homeschool. I had prayed to God that He be a blessing in our homeschool. I prayed that I teach with meaning and that our kids would except and absorb their lessons.

But I HADN’T prayed for His guidance. I was only following the direction I thought we should go. I HADN’T opened my heart and mind to His message.  Often we pray but don’t wait for the answer.

That changed this school year. I PRAYED and opened my heart and mind to His word and guidance.

      {The rubber bouncy ball finally stopped bouncing in my brain!}

  • This year I am still creating my own lessons. I enjoy the freedom this allows us. We are able to run down those rabbit holes when we find something new to discover. {Like our homeschool day I mentioned in another post.} It’s also more affordable for us this way.I realize this philosophy isn’t for everyone. Some do much better with lessons planned out for them. That’s not only okay, it’s wonderful! This is what makes homeschooling so fantastic. You have the power and control how you teach and how learning happens.
  • For our Bible study I have gone back to a free online curriculum that I used years ago when my “littles” were… well…… little.
    Joyful Heart Character by HubbardsCupboard. It’s a character study geared for preschool age but I use it as our guide and modify it for our levels.   

There are always changes when you homeschool. What works one year may not work the following year and what worked for one child may not work for another. This is the joy of homeschooling. You can change your plan when needed. Try not to stress too much when things don’t seem to be gelling. Pray, take a deep breath and re-evaluate what your goals where to begin with.

Have you prayed over your homeschool decisions?

Blessings,
Brandy

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3 Comments


  1. Good post, good points, good changes!
    It doesn’t make you look bad at all, Brandy. I think you’re just like everyone else!
    I made the same decision for this year. Picking and choosing what I want to do. I followed a full curriculum for two years only to feel behind ALL THE TIME. Then I started going it “on my own” and never felt that stress again.
    Prayer is always important for every decision, isn’t it? I have a hard time remembering, but when I do it really helps me to put things into perspective, calm down, and focus on the “more important things”.
    Take care! Hugs for the family.


  2. Brandy, I love this post! Girl, you are definitely not alone! Prayer for guidance is right, I’ve been doing what you did but somehow I haven’t been asking for guidance. Guess what I’m doing right after I post my reply!
    Cheese and Sprinkles why didn’t I think of that?


  3. Lori,
    I’m so glad that you found this post helpful. Sometimes we forget about the most important and simple thing to do. PRAYER! (and what to pray about)
    Thanks for stopping by!
    Blessings,
    Brandy

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