(Great desk from Ikea...a special holder attached to table for pens and school tools)
I love to write about decorating, recipes etc. etc. However, most of my thoughts throughout the day and late at night these days are geared toward our first year of homeschooling. My kids have always loved school and done very well. However, this year, the Lord has just really placed in my heart the desire to home school even though I have many doubts and questions. I have talked and observed enough home school families and kids to know that an education at home is excellent with high standards. But, more than ABC's and 123's, I am excited to work on the heart issues and the character issues. Yes, I am talking about my kids but honestly I think I will grow and change too! I look forward to seeing how home schooling will shape my family and relationships. However, so many days this summer, I have doubted this decision. The past week as I was in Target I saw the uniforms and my heart sunk and all the doubts floated in...what about friends?no school plays?class parties?
My children are doing Classical Conversations this school
year. So we were at the three-day practicum and saw a mom who graduated from the same college I did. She has been home schooling since the beginning and loves it. Most of our conversation was about our families and the friends we still keep in contact with and really not much about home schooling. The speaker was about to begin so our conversation ended. I never expressed to her my fears or doubts about home schooling. But, after the day, she came up to me quickly and said "Above everything with home schooling it is a gift...a gift to your kids" and she left.
Those simple words have stuck with me and as I plunge into this new world of being a home school mom...my desire is that our journey in homeschooling will be a gift to my kids.
Here are a few pictures of my classroom with decorations...