It’s that time of year again when you see all “Back to School” commercials, see all the ads in the newspaper for school deals and summer break is coming to an end.
For our house, that means shortly! We are planning on starting back to school this week! Some excitement but with that comes a lot of work and planning to make it happen.
For any home schooling year, it take many things to help start your year off on a “good foot” as they say.
Here are a few suggestions that have help me over the years to make your school year a successful one:
- Be prayed up. First and foremost we have GOT to pray over our school year. Let God guide and direct you in deciding where to educate, what to educate, and how to educate. When you ask Him for wisdom and guidance, He will give it to you. Let God lead and direct as you start your planning. Also, pray over you as the teacher, pray for each one of your children and ask God to work specifically in their hearts during this school year. There are many things that God wants to teach YOU (as the Mom) but He also desires to teach your children through you. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of prayer it’s gotta be #1 and given the utmost of priority. We need prayer!!!
- Be planned out. Here comes the fun part….planning! After we prayed over things, we must be diligent in planning out the year. There are many tools available (which I’ll mention later in the post) of things that are free and available to help you plan out the year. Start with you goals and what you want to accomplish. Remember home schooling isn’t just about academics….it’s about spiritual too. I will be giving my practical tips in the next upcoming post (stay tuned).
- Be prepared. Next comes the getting prepared stage. Get the things you need like supplies, materials, books, menu planned out, even lunch and snack items you need for the week or month. Of course August is a great month to stock up on materials that are on sale like crayons, pencils, paper, and even most websites are offering free shipping on school related things. I try and stock up on extras so through out the year, I have them in a drawer or tote container when I need them.
- Be realistic. Honestly we have got to be realistic with our expectations of things. It’s great to pray over it, plan and prepare but in honesty, we have to be realistic that things happen. Life happens! Sicknesses, interruptions, misbehavior, struggling child, appointments, and many other things can throw a monkey wrench in things! There is NO SUCH thing as a PERFECT school year! As much as we plan and prepare there are going to be days that are just plain out HARD and days that just don’t go as planned. Know that it happens to everyone! There are going to be really good days and then NOT so good days. And that is okay! Just roll with it and know that tomorrow is a new start and beginning for everyone. Remember- Lamentations 3:22-24 “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”
- Be ready for fun. Don’t forget this important part! FUN!!!! Yes, school can be fun and memories can be made. School is hard work but, we as moms can also add in some fun along the way and it makes things enjoyable for everyone! Plan a day out, a field trip, a special lunch to a fast food place, a day to sleep in late, a messy arts and craft, a park day, do school outside (weather permitting). There is so much we can do to add a special “fun” to school and make it a great experience. Hint- Smile and laugh….it does wonders for you and them!!
*Stay tuned…..I’ll be sharing my practical tips that have helped me from planning, menus, chores, and much more!!!