Homeschooling Essentials – Day 2 – Love

Hi! I’m so glad you stopped by for Day 2 of the 5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials Blog Hop. For Day 1, I discussed how laughter is an essential in our home. Today, I want to share with you another of my top five homeschooling essentials: Love.

Love: pronunciation: lŭv (noun)

A feeling of strong attachment induced by that which delights or commands admiration; preeminent kindness or devotion to another; affection; tenderness; as, the love of brothers and sisters.

Love is a homeschooling essential? Yes, it is. I am not talking about loving your children. Of course we love our children! I’m sure for most of us that the love for our children is the foundation of why we homeschool.

Today I want to share about the attitude of loving and how it is essential to success in homeschooling.

Love suffers long and is kind...” – Patience and kindness; showing those to our children comes from an attitude of love. I’ll be honest. There are days when patience and kindness is a clear choice. I have to remind myself to not “lose my patience”. Maybe it is frustration over a phonics lesson that isn’t clicking or maybe someone forgot to take the trash out again. Perhaps there is one more missing book. Before I know it I have spoken harshly or raised my voice. Hear that? Yep, a clanging cymbal. Benefiting no one. Not my children and not myself. It certainly isn’t helping the flow of our day. If I remind myself to speak in love, to show patience, to speak and act kindly, how will that affect my children? How would it impact our homeschool?

I Corinthians 13 ~ beautiful words to remind how to love

Love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up…” – Anyone suffer from homeschool envy? Did you see her homeschool room? Wow, I’d love to have my child able to take a class like that! Envy much? It is an easy hole to fall into, isn’t it? It can happen innocently enough. Browsing a few pins on Pinterest and before you know it, you want to remodel your house. Well, if you could. There are many days I catch myself not loving the home/space the Lord has blessed us with. Are there homes with bigger and better floor plans? Nicer tables? Comfier couches? I’m sure there are. I need to focus on the provision God has given me and accept and embrace that it is exactly what our family needs. If I purposed to love what God has provided, how much smoother would our days flow? What would that do for my children?

Am I writing about this attitude of love because I have attained perfection? No way. I am writing to myself. I need the reminder to start each day with the attitude of love. So easily I can find myself being unkind, rude, and seeking what would make me happy; not necessarily what would be the best for myself and my family. Why aren’t I showing tenderness or devotion instead?

When homeschooling, there are going to be struggles and bad days. We are all going to miss the mark at some point. If we purpose, each day, to start again…to embrace the grace and mercy the Lord gives us and set our hearts to love our children, our home, our role as a homeschool mom, what amazing things can He do?

As I am finishing out this post, a lovely idea came to mind. I am going to spend a couple of weeks reading 1 Corinthians 13 daily and praying the Lord would use those words to strengthen my attitude of love in my role as a homeschool mom, toward my children, and for the tasks of each day.

I hope that you have all had a bit of laughter in your day and that you are loving the moments!

5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials

Don’t forget to check in with my fellow bloggers that are sharing their homeschooling essentials! I know I am enjoying reading them.

Erica @ Be the One
Ellen @ Grace Tells Another Story
Jenn @ Treasuring Life’s Blessing
Christine @ Our Homeschool Reviews
Michelle @ Delightful Learning
Hillary @ Our Homeschool Studio
Melanie @ FinchNWren
Brittney @ Mom’s Heart
Heather @ Principled Academy

 

Homeschooling Essentials – The “L” Series – Day 1

Welcome to Day 1 of the Homeschooling Essentials Blog Hop!  This week the essentials I share with you are going to be the Five Ls that everyone needs. I can’t imagine traveling this journey any other way.

Day 1 Homeschooling Essential is…….Laughter! Yes, laughter. Sure I love a new, nicely sharpened pencil, nothing beats colored dry erase markers, and that curriculum that finally makes your child understand long division?…all wonderful. However, I don’t think I would want any of them without a bit of laughter.

LAUGHTER, noun l’affter. Convulsive merriment; an expression of mirth peculiar to man, consisting in a peculiar noise and configuration of features, with a shaking of the sides and expulsion of breath. ~ Webster’s Dictionary 1828

It never fails that at some moment in the day there is a reason to laugh.

  • It could be the moment when I head to the table to do phonics with my six-year old and find her chillin’ wearing sunglasses waiting for me. Phonics is not her favorite subject but she found a way to make it a bit more fun. We had a good chuckle and then got down to work.  Her attitude was much happier than other days when tackling learning to read.
  • And Algebra? My daughter and I have had more than our fair share of bouts of laughter dealing with this educational hurdle. From answers being a Krispy Kreme donut (zero 0 ) to S.O. S. notes at the end of her work, it always makes me chuckle. Math isn’t my strong point either so we struggle and laugh through it together. No doubt that there would be a lot of tears of frustration (for both of us) if we didn’t chose to laugh.

  • We have even had artistic moments go a bit too far on the side of silly.  We were doing a bit of painting for our art studies. What was a lovely, quiet, artistic time turned into everyone painting their faces. Yes, even my civilized older girls. I could have gotten upset. I could have banned paint. No way. I laughed and laughed and took pictures. Even better? One child forgot her face was painted and took the dog for a walk. On her way back to the house, it dawned on her why she received so many strange looks from the neighbors. We laughed for days about that one!
  • You oversleep. You are calling out orders to get everyone busy and tackling various jobs. You grab the jar of leftover pancake batter from the fridge to whip up a quick, hot breakfast. The jar is sealed. You fight a battle with the seal and finally claim victory….victory of having pancake batter literally explode. Yes, explode. While we laughed and cleaned, we had a wonderful science lesson.
  • Naturally we have those random moments that are the perfect comedic break we need. You know, when the four year old suddenly breaks out into a rock style version of the National Anthem? It brings a whole new outlook to the day.

I could continue to share story after story. You could jump in and share some of your own (feel free to do so in the comments!). We could sit back and share fun, laughter filled memories.  I think the most important thing we can do is to realize and acknowledge that it is a choice. We make a choice to laugh or to cry; to laugh or to yell; to laugh or to give in to frustration.

Some days the choice to laugh is easier than others. I understand. And if you are like me, there will be many opportunities to make the wrong choice.

Take a moment. Think about last week….a month ago….think about moments when you and your children enjoyed a good laugh. Didn’t it change the atmosphere in the house? Didn’t you feel better? Didn’t the never ending to do list feel less daunting?

Don’t you find wooden peg people stuck to your walls?

Maybe if you reflect back you see missed opportunities to laugh more. Moments when you allowed frustration to surface or sighed so everyone heard you. Yep. I’ve done it.

“A merry heart does good, like medicine,

But a broken spirit dries the bones.” Proverbs 17: 22

I challenge you ( and myself) to purpose to laugh more. Giggle with your children. Delight in those precious moments of lightheartedness. I imagine you will all enjoy learning together a bit more. You never know what funny twists will pop up in history, grammar, or circle time!

5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials

Don’t forget to stop by and see the 5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials of 88 other Schoolhouse Crew Members! Here are a few stops to get you started:

Erica @ Be the One
Ellen @ Grace Tells Another Story
Jenn @ Treasuring Life’s Blessing
Christine @ Our Homeschool Reviews
Michelle @ Delightful Learning
Hillary @ Our Homeschool Studio
Melanie @ FinchNWren
Brittney @ Mom’s Heart
Heather @ Principled Academy

At the end of the day….

No matter how bad the headache,  I have a reason to smile at the end of the day….

No matter what was spilled or broken, I have a reason to smile at the end of the day….

No matter how often I fell short, I have a reason to smile at the end of the day…

Some days are just tough days. My children were fabulous. They folded laundry, played nicely, cooked dinner and prepped for our day of worship tomorrow. My husband worked hard and still found time to watch a movie with the family that brought much laughter.

It has just been one of those days where I haven’t felt well. I didn’t mark one thing off my to do list. I didn’t take the walk I had planned. The game is still sitting on the shelf that I wanted to play with my children. My head is throbbing and the only thing that is going to make it better is sleep.

I still have a reason to smile at the end of this day.  I am blessed beyond measure. My children still love me even when I forget to play the game or don’t show grace when I should. My husband works hard and provides so that I can stay at home. God loved me and called me by named and saved me. Yep, I have reason to smile at the end of this day.