Well… here we are… facing the last quarter of the year 2020. And what a year it has been. This is a time when summer is ending and school is starting. Routines are being put back in place after a hopefully fun summer. Usually. But did I say it was 2020? Nothing has gone as planned.
I am a planner and this was always a fun time for me. Full of excitement and high hopes. As a former homeschooler (currently, an empty nester), I would get so excited as I dove into lesson plans and selecting books.
In this Covid era of working and schooling from home (even partially), I thought I would share the three most important things I learned from ten years of homeschooling.
- Have a plan.
For example, taking the time to decide on the schooling space that you will use or the kind of schedule you want to keep is important.
- Be prepared to change the plan.
In all honesty, even with the best planning, our plans never worked out. Schools can potentially go from fully functioning, to part time, to hybrid, to all at home, as they respond to outbreaks and changing guidelines for Covid.
- Find the teachable moments.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in due dates and grades. Keep in mind that this is a learning curve for the teachers too. That’s an opportunity to teach love and grace.
When I started homeschooling, I would be stressed out about not completing specific tasks. But eventually the biggest lesson I learned was this:
Let God direct our paths.
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. – Proverbs 16:9
Maybe the day she should have been learning that new math concept, she learned instead the need for compassion. Perhaps service and obedience to the Holy Spirit took precedence over lesson plans. Remember that these are some potential precious moments that you don’t want to miss.
So this year as you plan ahead and adjust, don’t forget to keep your eyes on Jesus. Keep pointing your kids to Him. Where is the Holy Spirit leading? What is the biggest lesson for the day? Some days it will be that math concept. But some days it won’t. Those days might be even better. Be okay with divine interventions, despite what your plans are for each day and nothing has gone as planned.