Saturday 5 September 2020

Home Educating in September

The first few days of September can be particularly challenging for home educators. Often, this is a time when we can feel not really ready for the new academic year and social media is full of pictures of children in smart new uniforms with shiny shoes. It is easy to feel inadequate. That applies to me, in my twelfth year of home education, and even more to those just starting out.

As home educators, this is a time to remember why we home educate. It probably has very little to do with the presence or absence of shiny new uniforms! Writing down those reasons and revisiting them can help with focus.

In addition, there is no reason why our new terms shouldn't start well. A not back to school breakfast, picnic, poetry tea or even short break makes the new term feel more positive. Don't forget that there are some major advantages, the parks suddenly empty and the cost of a holiday falls. A special breakfast is quite possible as there is no rushing to get to school on time.

Ultimately, though for those of us who are Christian home educators, we serve the Lord and rely on His strength, not our own puny wisdom. This verse has been very special to me during our years of home education.

My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. 

2 Corinthians 12v9 

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