Since school started, I have felt as though I was just managing to hold my head above water with core curriculum; math, reading, and history all had top priority. I managed to throw in some supplemental stuff here and there, but most days, we just stuck with the basics.
This week was different.
This week, I’ve seen progress in my ability to school a little more efficiently. Do you know how good it feels to say that? We seem to finally be hitting our stride at a pace I can run with. Granted, it means I need to learn to do make-up housework, but that’s okay. Laundry isn’t as important as educating the kids. Of course, if there is NO clean laundry to be had, that might prove to be a distraction during class. It’s all about balance, people!
I’ve been very consistent with our math, reading, and history curriculum. I have been working gradually towards incorporating more and more of our supplemental curriculum into our day, and this week, we got through everything on my schedule except computer time. I have some educational sites and games for both Durin and Lydia, but have yet to start them.
I have a few ideas about how to include a few more things I want to do with the kids in the coming weeks, but most of it will have to wait until January. I have learned that if I start small, I can build a solid foundation, and work up from there. I’m so glad I started homeschooling at such a young age. I don’t know if I could do it if I had waited until Jr. High or High School.
So, little by little, I think I can say I’m finally getting used to the fact that we homeschool. Honestly, I am even beginning to enjoy it. Most of the time. I’ve also started believing in my own ability. God didn’t give me the gift of teaching for nothing!
I’ll never forget how much it surprised me when it finally dawned on me that the first and most important place God expects me to use the gifts and talents he gave me is in my own home! I knew, intellectually, that my first priority in ministry had to be my family and my home, but I still had a very concrete idea of what “ministry” was.
I didn’t know that God intended ministry to be a fluid, almost living thing, flowing through the seasons of my life like a river flows from the springs in the mountains, down through the forests, across the plains, into a marsh, and down to the sea. It’s the same river, but flows through different places and serves each in the same way – according to its particular need.
Needless to say, I now fully believe that I am not “wasting” my talents as a teacher (among other things) by devoting most of that gift to my home. I only have these children for such a short time. After fulfilling my most important calling, I will have the freedom to pursue other callings with a confidence I would not have if I tried to pursue them all now.
I don’t know how a post about “this week” ended up with random ponderings. Hm. Well, it is what it is.
How was your week? Did you learn anything new? What do you think your own gifts and talents are? How do you think God is calling you to use them?