First Day Back

A new year,

A fresh start,

Enjoy the little things,

Dear to the heart❤️

Rrrrrriiiiiiiiiiing! Goes the school bell, well technically it was my alarm clock. You see we homeschool and it was time to get back to it for a whole new school year. Here comes the hustle and bustle of learning activities, field trips, and co-ops. It’s a wonderful time and I’m so grateful that we have the opportunity to homeschool. However, this morning we are all slow moving. Sloths could have made it to the kitchen table faster. It has been a long, laid back summer and it is going to take a minute to adjust to the sudden change of pace that is about to occur, as soon as we get to our seats…

My son, finally takes a seat. Surprisingly, he is excited to hear what’s first on the agenda. He is now in the 4th grade and is ready for a school year filled with fun science experiments! (YIKES! *Note to self, find a bunch of awesome experiments that he’ll love. **Note to self, next year ask what they are looking forward to in this new year BEFORE the first day back!) 

On the other hand, my daughter, Lil’ Miss, sadly takes a seat. She is now in the 2nd grade and is not ready to say goodbye to summer vacation JUST yet. She appears to be determined to fight this “idea” of school. She seems to think if she comes to the table looking sad enough, that I’m going to feel so bad for cutting into her summer fun and sleeping late, that I’m going to let her off the hook for at least another week. Well Lil’ Miss, sorry to say but today we are going to have fun in another way! (just as soon as I find a neat experiment…😉)

Then there’s Pookie, our youngest at 4 years old. She is happy to join the table. Ready to do her “schoolwork,” she pulls out paper and markers. She gets right to it, doing what she likes best, drawing pictures and practicing writing the occasional letter or two. A routine she has done all summer long. She won’t even eat breakfast until she has completed at least one picture.

And so here we sit. All eyes, (happily, sleepily, lovingly) fixed on me. Waiting, for what I will say next. Watching, to see how I will react to their excitement or lack thereof. All eyes on me…

You see homeschooling can be challenging, in my opinion. First we are a mother (father). But now added to our list of duties is the role of teacher. Yes, our parenting does intertwine with our teachings and perhaps this is what makes it difficult. Maybe this is why I am so hard on myself. In trying to seek out balance, I find myself in an endless circle of questions. Are we doing enough? Are we doing too much? Am I pushing them too hard? Should I be pushing them more?…

A friend of mine could sense my worries and concerns. As a mother of five, she knew where I was coming from. So she lent me a book that she refers to from time to time. It was a thin, quick read with an intriguing title, Teaching from Rest A Homeschoolers Guide to UNSHAKABLE PEACE by Sarah Mackenzie. 

A couple days past before I was able to sit down and take a look at it. At first, I only had a chance to read the first two pages, but in those two pages all of my fears and pressures were expressed. I knew then that this book was just what I needed to read, and I would need to make time to read it…free of distractions.

The book itself may be small but the content is filled with uplifting messages and handy tips. A state of rest isn’t a good night’s sleep (thank goodness because that never happens!), rather it occurs when you trust that God has your back. Have faith that it is all in His hands and through us our children will learn what they need to learn. 

So I will try my best this school year (as always). However, if the day goes a different direction and we don’t complete every little thing, I will not stress for I know that we worked hard and will be back at it again tomorrow. I will enjoy my children in the moment and stop trying to go full-steam ahead. Because really I have found by being so focused on curriculum and forging through, the little things get lost. And in the end, it’s the little things that often make life enjoyable.

Here you can find a copy of Teaching from Rest A Homeschoolers Guide to UNSHAKABLE PEACE by Sarah Mackenzie. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

I call my oldest daughter Lil’ Miss because of the book Little Miss, Big Sis by Any Krouse Rosenthal. I would read it to her when I was pregnant with her baby sister. It’s such a fun title to say.

You can find Little Miss, Big Sis here. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

My youngest I have nicknamed, Pookie because we love the book Night-Night Little Pookie by Sandra Boynton. We have spent many of nights reenacting this book🙂. 

You can find Night-Night Little Pookie here. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Published by Home Study from the Grateful Heart

Welcome new friends. I'm Heather, a homeschooling mama raising three children alongside my husband. I love to walk our two dogs, photograph nature, and write poetry. As a family, we love reading together, creating art, sports and all things nature. We also enjoy sharing our learning experiences with friends and creating co-op opportunities. I enjoy writing about our homeschool adventures, as well as nature and sharing recipes. My heart is grateful for my family, our homeschool, our friends and homeschool community, as well as the nature around us. In addition to following my blog, you can find me on Facebook at Home Study from the Grateful Heart.

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