One of the definitions of threadbare is something which is “used so often it’s dull.” That sounds like our homeschooling status sometimes! We all have ruts we tend to follow, and at some point it all begins to be so commonplace that it’s almost painful to get up each day and do the same things over and over. I’ve been homeschooling for 11 years now, and at the moment all five children are school aged. It does get tedious, and I don’t even blame the kids when their eyes glaze over in seasons like this. It’s based on these definitions that I’ve created this 5 Days of Threadbare Homeschooling series to participate in the Crew blog hop.
Do you use the same curriculum, year after year? I can see where that might be a source of tedium for some families, but that’s not the case at our house. We are Crew schoolers, and that means in partiality that we are always trying new things. You might wonder how that would become “used so often it’s dull,” but for my kids it is sometimes a point of frustration when they’ve just gotten good into a curriculum and something new arrives at the door. I’ve learned to be more careful about how often I’m asking them to change what they’re doing, simply because it gives them a sense of stability.
Homeschooling sometimes loses its luster. But you know what? It’s not the kids – it’s me. When it stops being fun for me to be spending time with and teaching my own children… when they can see that Mom isn’t excited about doing school today, either… when the kids can see and sense my frustration over getting things done, it’s hard for them to stay engaged. It’s completely common for kids to not enjoy or want to do their school work. It’s up to me to set the atmosphere of excitement in our home each day.
So, I must admit to not having done that so well in seasons. I must admit to waking up some days and dreading getting out all the books and doing all the things. But dread is a form of fear, and that’s not a spirit that the Lord has created. So instead, in this season, I choose to step into love, and power, and into peace of mind. I commit to setting this as our daily atmosphere in this season, and I pray:
Lord, help me to love my children today as we homeschool. Give me the power to overcome in this season, and help me to abide in your peace.
One of the most important things to remember in a season where we’re feeling threadbare ourselves as well as in our homeschooling, is that sometimes the best place for something that’s been used too often is the shelf. It might need some tender loving care for a season, and even some repair. It’s okay to scale back. It’s okay to change things up and go a different direction. Just remember that when we are cutting a new rut, it’s easy to fall back into the old one. You have to do a new thing enough times that it makes a path for you in a new place, and allow it to become your new normal.
We’ve all been there. Hugs to you, Mama!
Remember to visit the other Crew blogs this week for their own topics on the Annual Blog Hop!