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31 Days of Creative Homeschooling: When Burnout Happens

This week we have taken Kara’s advice to Step Out & honestly, it was just the thing we needed. We stopped being slaves to our schedule and traipsed through the woods.

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Typically we have our “Holy Monday” and then Tuesday through Friday our time is divided up with lessons, school work & classes. I made a choice to scale back and eliminate what I could.
I’ve found that after 15 yrs homeschooling & worrying about high school round 2 & 3 looming, I have burned myself out especially with all the extras. I teach in our co-op, lead a Jr high group weekly, teach out of our home, run kids to lessons & swimming…
I let it become all too much. Therefore, I’m beginning the downsizing process. If I can’t slow time I can at least enjoy the time we have together. I’ve dropped the kids swimming for now adding hikes, bike trails, dog walks, things we can do together instead. I’m finishing off the group in the spring & I’m trying fervently to add read aloud back into our days. Small steps over several months that I hope will renew me.

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31 Days of Creative Homeschooling: An Unexpected Gift

Dyslexia a gift?
My daughter will scoff and I can’t blame her. I don’t imagine she can see the gift. In fact, I’m fairly certain she might never see dyslexia as a gift. But dyslexia has been a gift to me and in turn, has made me a better mother to her and to her siblings.
Learning to parent a child with dyslexia meant examining my preconceived notions of what her interests would be, her education & learning style, and my life plans & goals.
We had decided to homeschool when she was quite young, therefore, homeschooling meant finger painting, reading about Jesse Bear, talking about Jesus, and going to the zoo. Good times! Fun & easy! We were golden until the time came when I thought she should be reading.

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She was such a little bean, and I had so much to learn. We plugged away with pathway readers, explode the code workbooks, sing spell read & write curriculum, read alouds, wizardspell, computer games, posters, board games, blocks…..are you getting worn out reading the list? We certainly got worn out trying to achieve the list. She would do the work, many times in tears, we would spend far too long on each assignment, I would push far too hard….
It is a sad memory for me & I’m certain sadder for her.

Hear this, “she would do the work”.
If I could have seen she was doing it, maybe I could have slowed down. But no.
Although she was doing the work, it didn’t stick. It took years before anything stuck. Not her fault. Not my fault.
I did eventually wake up from my homeschool mommy fog. We slowed down. I apologized for pushing too hard. I acknowledged things she said. I read aloud, we loved good books, we played. I remembered to breathe.

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Dyslexia taught me to know & love my children right where they are for exactly who they are. Some parents never learn that.

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Has she conquered dyslexia? No. I’m not sure one ever fully can. We both have learned to live with dyslexic quirks, not to bite off more than she can chew and to not be defeated by dyslexia.
How can I not be grateful?
(originally posted 11/2011)

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31 Days of Creative Homeschooling: Currently

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Currently:
wishing the Cards had had a better outcome this year. Looking forward to next!

listening to Issues Etc.

finishing Emily of New Moon.

wearing Ike & Co earrings.

making meal plans for the week.

sharing a blog you should be reading! Lots of great book reviews & lists.

going to read Let’s All Be Brave by Annie Downs.

learning my limits.

deciding we need an art day soon! Usually we have art Thursday afternoon but the last few Thursdays have been very busy. I’m definitely ready to do an autumn project with the kids.

heading into the homes stretch with our homeschool. It seems impossible that they will all be done in 5 years.

appreciating the ages of my children. My father is in the hospital right now & they are doing their schoolwork independently while I sit with him.

looking forward to the holiday season, celebrating with, cooking, treating & caring for my family.

enjoying a few quiet minutes while my dad rests.

feeling grateful for so many praying friends.

loving on my family.

knowing the Lord knows all things & is in control.

laughing with my folks over silly things.

thinking about choices I need to make.

fighting a very old and bad habit of making poor food choices.

saying lots of prayers.

feeling loved.

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31 Days of Creative Homeschooling: Photo Fridays

~ Fridays during October I will share snapshots of our everyday schooling ~

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31 Days of Creative Homeschooling: Working on My Words

When I let everything around me overwhelm me, I forget what matters. I forget who matters & what my job is ~ my vocation. Are you familiar with vocation?

“The doctrine of vocation deals with how God works through human beings to bestow His gifts. God gives us this day our daily bread by means of the farmer the banker, the cooks, And the lady at the check-out counter. He creates new life – the most amazing miracle of all – by means of mothers and fathers. He protects us by means of the police officers, firemen, and our military. He creates. Through artists. He heals by working through doctors, nurses, and others whom He has gifted, equipped, and called to the medical professions.”
― Gene Edward Veith Jr.

God equips me to be a mother, he has called me to it and works through me in the lives of my children. When I am in a place where everything is overwhelming my words aren’t very gentle, or kind or sweet I need to remember that He equips me.

God is hidden in vocations that bear authority. But that puts the pressure on human beings who exercise that authority to act with God’s justice and grace”
― Gene Edward Veith Jr.

And there’s the rub. Even when I am overwhelmed, annoyed, irritated.. angry, it is still my job to act with God’s grace.  I’m not perfect, and I know I will make mistakes. I made them yesterday and today and will tonight and tomorrow. But I think the key here is seeking God’s guidance in my words. Trusting that He will stop me from saying something that tears down and instead fill me with sweet encouraging words. Relying on His grace and love and not mine.

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scripture for moms

One creative way to be a mom who chooses kind words is to have some scripture  posted around the house to keep it mindful.  Another idea is to journal different phrases or verses to help keep them fresh in your mind.
By trying to keep my words in check, my children will learn to keep their words in check. And on those days when neither of us can control our words, we will have to remember to stop and pray for forgiveness from the Lord as well as ask from each other.

More from Veith about Vocation here ~
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31 Days of Creative Homeschooling: Pushing Past Difficult Days

Some days the most creative thing you can do is review the math lesson tiny step by tiny step, make the grammar rule copywork instead of repeating the entire lesson again, or just put all the books on the shelf and get out a game.

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Some days the most creative thing you can do is to throw everything in a backpack and do school at a coffee shop or leave everything at home and go to a park.

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Don't be afraid, don't panic. Just take a breather and remember the reason why you chose to homeschool in the first place. One lousy day does not equate failure.

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Quietly closing the cover

For right now is time to close the cover, date the spine and set this blog up on the shelf .
I have some writing projects jotted in a journal, some ideas floating around, but this little corner that’s mine will be tucked away for now.

9/30/14 edited ~  *I’m Back! If you look at the top between “Home” and “About”, I have a new series of posts called 31 days of Creative Homeschooling. I will be updating daily through October and hoping to kick start my way back to blogging more frequently!

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