How I am Rediscovering the Joy of Homeschooling



One of my 2020 goals is to rediscover the joy of homeschooling. I shared this in my original post:
I have lost my joy in homeschooling. As I have shared before, my littles are really struggling to learn to read. I think the stress of that has sucked the joy out of my journey. I want this to change! I want learning to be fun and memorable and that is not going to happen if I don't rediscover my joy. I want to feel less stress and enjoy the process more. Everyone will be better if I have more joy.
Call it what you want (burnout, exhaustion, stress, etc.), but somewhere along the way, I've lost my joy in homeschooling over the last year or so.

I started noticing it at the end of last year. Homeschool felt like drudgery. I was only doing it to get through each day and mark it off as done. I wasn't enjoying it.

That is not how I want my children to learn. And that's not how I want my experience to be either.

I knew something had to change, and that's why I made this one of my four goals for this year.

Now the question is, how I am seeking to achieve this goal? That's what I want to share with you today.

I'm sharing this because already I feel a change and some joy sprouting up. So it's working!

I think my children are feeling the change as well! My younger daughter, pictured above, cried every day the first few weeks of school. Learning is hard for her. So school has been a challenge. But this past week, she was so eager to start school she brought me her work while I was resting on the couch. Let me say that again, she was eager to start school. This is like a different girl!

Now I know there are several contributing factors in this change. But I'm not discounting the fact that my attitude could have contributed.

Here are three simple things I'm doing to rediscover the joy of homeschooling:

1. I read Teaching from Rest.

This book is so life-giving. I truly should read it at least twice a year. It is a quick read, but oh so good. Here is one of my favorite quotes:

God is not demanding I be successful on my own. He's calling me to be faithful and to trust Him for the results, which may not look like what I was expecting. Success in God's eyes may not always look like the success we were seeking, but if we are faithful, we will know His peace and rest in our studies and efforts.

On top of that, I'm seeking to keep a steady flow of homeschool related books in my currently-reading stack. So far I've read Homeschooling When Learning Isn't Easy. I'm currently reading Julie Bogart's Gracious Space: Winter edition.

Books on my hope-to-read-this-year list are Homeschool Bravely, The Call of the Wild and Free, as well as One Hundred and One Devotions for Homeschool Moms which I found at Half-Price Books for $2!

2. I'm listening to a homeschool podcast once a week.

This has been like a weekly breath of fresh air. I don't have one podcast I've been solely listening to. I've got several I just pick and choose from. You can simply search the titles to find them in your podcast app of choice. These are the ones I've enjoyed the most:

  • All In A Homeschool Day
  • Christian Homeschool Moms Podcast
  • Cultivating Grace
  • Joyfully Homeschooling
  • Brave Writer
  • The Homeschool Solutions Show
  • The Homeschool Sanity Show
  • Homeschool with Moxie

A little disclaimer, I haven't listened to every episode of any of these, so I can't fully endorse them. But I have enjoyed the episodes I have listened to enough to include them on this list. 

I may pare this list down as I go. But, as of right now, these are what I'm choosing from.


3. I'm praying for God to help me.

Each day, each hour. I know that my heart needs a change and that only comes by the hands of our Creator. So I can do everything above, but without God's help, I won't find the joy I'm looking for.


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