Tomorrow marks the start of a giant and brand-new adventure: homeschool.
People have asked me a thousand and one times about how I'll handle the added workload. Because who are we kidding, homeschooling requires just as much (if not more) work from mom, than the child/student.
I spent about 4 months beginning in January of this year, writing, gathering, downloading, pinning, collaborating ideas on what McKenna would cover. When it's your own kid, you think things will be easier, but actually, the pressure is on the "most intense" setting, because you also don't want to screw up.
Both Paco and I have always wanted to teach our kids the fundamentals and ins and outs of the Bible. It was a non-negotiable. So McKenna will have a good portion of her work geared around and dealing with the Bible, Bible stories, scripture memorization, virtues, etc.
But as Paco would say, "I want my kid to be smart". Don't we all? I mean who wants a dumb kid? No one. And as a parent, even if your kid lacks in the common sense or logical thinking departments, you don't parade around saying things like "he/she is so stupid!" You save those remarks for your spouse. Just kidding! But seriously.
So I started researching the highest performing schools in the world, for academics.
Not surprisingly, the good ol' US of A wasn't quite at the top of the list. Plenty of other places are doing things smarter, harder, in ways that work well.
So from there, (with the Netherlands and Canada ranking highest), I started searching out what they do/have done for centuries. I also compared what I found with kindergarten and first grade readiness checklists. This made sure I crossed all the necessary "checkpoints" so to speak, that she will need to have under her belt by the end of the year.
Either I have a ridiculously over-post irvine view on mckennas skill level, or she will prove me wrong, but I actually ran out of material while writing and planning, and had only made it from august to December.
So, I added in work and concepts from first grade, and began building them into the curriculum. (You can purchase the curriculum I've written on the curriculum page on this site!)I'll keep you posted on how she paces once we get going!
Anyways, I write all of that to say,
I've been preparing for months...literally....MONTHS. Almost right months to be exact. We've purchased supplies, and made copies, we've sent out documents to the school board, and prepared everything we possibly could.
I'm beyond excited, and beyond terrified too. But I've put in all I possibly can, and now I have to know that The Lord will bless what I've given, an make it worth something of value.
So often, we either don't move forward because we don't have much to offer, or we worry that our small offering isn't enough.
We do it when we buy stuff. Choose friends. Look in the mirror.
But it isn't about what I can bring. It's about what He does with what I bring.
I have the priveledge of singing on our church's worship team. And when I'm asked to lead a song, I can work through and practice and rehearse the crap out of that thing. But there isn't enough effort inside of me, you, or all of mankind, to muster up change in people.
It takes God breathing on that song to minister to hearts.
And the same is true in any other area of our lives. Including our homeschool project.
I'm learning to let go and let God. He's going to take what I've worked hard at, breathe on it, and make it life changing.
Tonight marks the end of a chapter, where all of my kids were too little for school. Now my oldest, is beginning something, alongside of me, that neither of us has experienced before.
I'm convinced that I will learn just as much as she, even though the content may vary.
Pray for me, as I teach an disciple my daughter.
An I'll be praying that God would do what only He can do, and make my little something, into something not so little!