Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu Sisters,
Imagine this. You take a couple of minutes to check your Instagram post and see you a fellow homeschooling family outside, school finished and now headed to the lake…
Thats all well and good Alhamdulillah, until you realise the time difference, they are several hours behind you but still managed to get things done before you. Panic kicks in, you post a question on Instagram asking for tips which come flooding in…..and before you know it, you begin to question everything about your homeschool.
What you don’t realise is that post you saw, that tiny glimpse of someone else’s life, was just that. A glimpse. Rather than look at what was different between your families and someone else’s and give yourself grace, you chose to only look at the word homeschool and instead gave yourself tonnes of grief.
See, we are all in different seasons of our homeschool. Some of you may just have started your homeschool journey and finding your feet, others may have been schooling for several years and now have the addition of a newborn, and a toddler who demands attention. Others may have been schooling for several years now and are now on the verge of considering high-school options-a whole new world! But homeschool seasons aren’t restricted to the ages and grades of your children. What about considering LIFE itself???
You may be moving home, have guests round, starting house renovations or going through a difficult time in life. These are all life seasons, including the ups and the downs.
So rather than compare, or yearn to be at a particular season to start or fully focus, embrace what you have now.
-The novelty of sitting on packed suitcases while doing some morning Math.
-Starting English a little later because you want to snooze with your newborn.
-Wrapping up by lunchtime because the kids now work independently
or simply being happy with keeping your school consistent through more difficult times.
Adapting and embracing to each season allows us to create positive memories. Sitting at the school room table wont be remembered quite the same as sitting in an empty apartment-seriously!. If you want to keep HOME the focus of your homeschool journey, its important to school around life seasons and enjoy the moment. Some seasons will be faster than others, some will be easier, some will be a mix of both.
But whatever the season, enjoy the pace you’re going at.