For many of us, the countdown has begun to the end of our homeschool year! We’re wrapping up subjects, polishing off projects, maybe testing, definitely thinking…and moving into planning for next year. Even if we continue on with summer activities and ongoing academic work, the upcoming months offer time for reflection before moving on.
You know, homeschool Mamas can really beat themselves up.
Like the grading system we all experienced, our year is marked with red ink; we calculate deductions, then stare regretfully at our final score. We think of the should-haves, the could-haves, the why-didn’t-I put-more-efforts? Oh, what a self-defeating approach!
While I’m not suggesting we simply pat ourselves on the back, ignoring a need for honest evaluation…I am strongly suggesting we remember this today:
Yes, you. This sacrificial road you’ve chosen in laboring with Christ by nurturing, training and teaching your children is glorious to Him. Beautiful.
God absolutely delights in receiving our precious sacrifice, and I’m a firm believer that He also thinks we should celebrate it! So, how to end this homeschooling year? Ask questions that lead you to celebrate, and not just evaluate the year:
Did we step out and try anything new? Maybe it didn’t work out quite like you thought, that’s okay. You took the risk for the benefit of your family. Congratulations!
What area am I more confident in than when we started? Take a minute to think back on how this year has grown you. Name a way in which your footing is more sure, your steps more solid.
How has Child A (then B, C, D…) grown in character and confidence this year? Ditto for each child in your family – just think of one word, one subject, one way marking growth.
How did we offer God our best? Again, instead of red-inking the entire content of your year, pause to think of 2-3 ways you know-that-you-know God was honored and praised in your year.
Then comes the fun part — CELEBRATE! Whether big or simple, be intentional about recording answers to these questions (or others you might think of) and finding a way to give a shout out.
Include your children in the thinking and planning :: a special lunch or evening party as a family? perhaps a field trip or outing? Scripture is filled with God-ordained feasts and celebrations of remembrance, of giving praise for things gone well.
Shouldn’t our lives reflect this?
Celebrate the beauty of your homeschool year…