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The end of the first homeschool semester
is on the horizon.
I can see the books put away. My table going back to a place of food and fellowship instead of school supplies everywhere. I can smell brunch cooking because we’ve overslept breakfast.
Don’t get me wrong, I am completely resolved in our choice to homeschool, but I relish the days when we put it all away.
The temptation these final weeks is to be lazy. Do we really have to read that book? Finish that paper? Is this really necessary? In a weakened state its easy to justify quitting right here. So how do we keep going, and keep the temptation to lazy work, behind us?
I have a few ideas that will help.
Keep to your schedule!
If you wake up early, keep waking up early. I know its cold and your electric blanket is warm but kids still wake up and you need to meet them ready.
Start the day like you would every other day. Breakfast, chores, and getting dressed are important habits on school days or off.
Children thrive with routine, so it’s your job to keep it going. They will be a bit slower as the weather is colder and they may whine a bit more than normal, so be prepared with your answer. Yes, you have to do all your math problems as you’ve done every day. Yes, the whole book needs to be read.
Be loyal to all your activities.
Now is not the time to waver in your children’s extra-curricular activities.
The night comes a lot earlier then it did when you first made these commitments, but the same people are counting on you to be there as before.
Remaining loyal to your activities is hard to do when you would like nothing more than staying home by the fire. Virtue is cultivated during this time and your kids need to know that commitments are important.
Make this season of homeschooling enjoyable.
Add a study of Advent to your homeschool routine.
Being in God’s word will fill you and your kids up with living water that will not leave them dry. Advent will carry a special memory of time spent during homeschool that they might look forward to every year.
Gods word says that He will provide a way out of temptation. We have been given the ability to think, plan, and follow a course of action that can aid us when we are tempted. Let’s spend these last few weeks of homeschool doing what we’ve been doing.
Now is not the time for a new schedule but rather the time to finish the one you started. Save your new calendars and curriculum for that day when you are done. Give yourself the reward of planning something new at the end of the current season. You will be glad you finished what you started.