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3/17/2011 9:51:16 AM
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HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru the Early Years Newsletter

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HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru the Early Years Newsletter
March 2011--Surrendering to the Seasons of Life
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Dear Friends,

We can't always control how our lives change--but we can control how
we respond to those changes. While we sometimes hesitate to admit it,
the present circumstances and responsibilities of life often dictate
where we must focus our energy, even in our home education.

One mom who has recently found herself in a new "season" of life is my

friend, Heidi St. John, co-founder of First Class Homeschool
Ministries, http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10563 author of "The
Busy Homeschool Mom's Guide to Romance"
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10564 , and--most importantly,
she'll tell you--wife of Jay (for 22 years) and homeschool mom of
seven. This month, I've asked Heidi to share a few words of wisdom and
encouragement:

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I am in a different "season" of life right now in our homeschool: a
season of having a newborn baby at home. What that means for me (and
it took me years to surrender to this idea) is that I simply cannot do
the type of schooling that I truly love, which is very
hands-on--notebooking and lapbooking. Right now, I will confess, we
are simply keeping up by doing mostly workbooks. At some point, the
baby will not require so much of me, and our approach to homeschooling
will change again. But for now, I have had to settle for doing
workbooks with the kids--and I've had to learn not to be so hard on
myself for it.

Other seasons include pregnancy, caring for an aging parent, sickness,
unemployment--and by "surrendering" to seasons, we learn to listen to
other things that God might be teaching us during those times. Oh, the
grief I could have saved myself by simply changing my expectations of
myself during these seasons instead of pushing so hard and wondering
why we couldn't "get it all done."

Over the years, I've learned (mostly the hard way) that I simply must
flex more. The kids do better when I do, but the real winner is me,
because I am less stressed out and a whole lot more pleasant to be
around! Oftentimes I have pushed myself and my kids too hard by simply
expecting life to go on as usual, even when the circumstances of life
have changed. [See "When Life Broadsides Your Homeschool"
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10565 ]

For a while, I was schooling two high schoolers--but now one has
graduated and is taking classes at college. This means I have a little
less help at home. One graduated, and another entered kindergarten.
Another adjustment.

My point is just to encourage you to really look at your circumstances
when you are making your schedule, choosing curriculum, and making
decisions for what activities you choose to do outside your home,
especially in more challenging "seasons." It's worth it to sit back
and really ask the Lord for guidance. And don't forget to talk with
your husband, too! Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not break.


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May you find joy in this season of your life,

Vicki Bentley
HSLDA Early Years Consultant
www.hslda.org/earlyyears


RESOURCES

"Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose
that will prevail."--Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)

Additional resources:

"Savor the Season" by Rick Boyer
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10566

More articles for dads
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10567

"Practical Prayer" by Tricia Hodges
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10568
One mom shares her answer to making prayer and devotional time for mom
"doable" in a houseful of little ones.

"Jump-Start to a Joyful School Year" by Vicki Bentley
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10569

A Day in Our Homeschool--What Does It Look Like in Someone Else's
House?
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10570

"Homeschooling Even When Mom is Ill" by Chris Klicka
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10571

More "encouragement" articles
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10572

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