Is God asking you to Homeschool?

Do you ever feel like Jonah?

If I really am honest with myself, I know what God is asking me to do.

But like Jonah I run the other way.

I hide myself, escape by hopping aboard the boat of distraction and otherness. As a busy mom (and grandma) I have plenty to keep me distracted from what God is calling me to do.

AND just like the story of Jonah, when I ignore the call of God, chaos ensues.  The storm hastens and throws my ship, my family, into a tumult.

Are you feeling this way right now too?

You accepted or even willingly signed up for home education, yet there is this nagging tug to run and hide.

To continue with the Jonah analogy, the sailors asked Jonah to pray to His God to quiet the storm:

The captain approached him and said, “What are you doing asleep? Get up, call on your god! Perhaps this god will be mindful of us so that we will not perish.” -Jonah 1:6

They threw Jonah overboard as Jonah knew he was the cause of the storm.  He immediately recognized the consequences of ignoring his responsibility and calling from God.

But the LORD sent a great fish to swallow Jonah, and he remained in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Jonah prayed to the LORD, his God, from the belly of the fish:

God answered.

He was swallowed by a whale. Then he prayed…

Out of my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me; – Jonah 2:2

Jonah prayed a prayer of thanksgiving.

Like Jonah I pray in thanksgiving as I homeschool my children.  I may feel scared, alone, abandoned, and try to run away, but God shelters those who He loves and who He calls, and gives them NEW LIFE.

In this way I try to remember that I am a sinner, I have free will and I am not perfect.

Yet, God calls me.

And He hears my voice in my distress and answers me.

God gave you the children you have in the right time and at the right sibling order.  He calls you to do the unthinkable, to manage your home and to be primary teacher to your children.

You know it is a call.

More than that, God is concerned intimately with me. Yes, little ol’ me.  He is concerned enough with my care and my happiness.  He, however, wants me to humble myself just like he asked the Ninevites. 

…the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast and all of them, great and small,* put on sackcloth. – Jonah 3:5

The Jonah story ends with another lesson.

Remember how the King and all of Nineveh repent?

When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way, he repented of the evil he had threatened to do to them; he did not carry it out. -Jonah 3:10

BUT Jonah is NOT HAPPY!

Instead, he sits under a gourd plant expecting death and destruction to befall the Ninevites?

When nothing happens to the Ninevites Jonah actually grows angry with God for choosing mercy!

Ha!

When will we ever learn?  Ah, the Story of Jonah is indeed a cautionary tale for us, for certain!

Stay the course, know you will NOT do it perfectly, you will fail and fall, undoubtedly.

God hears your voice in your distress, loves you and your children infinitely more than you can imagine, and shows mercy when we least expect it!

I am praying with and for all of you as we plunge into this new year.

How do you respond to His call? Please comment below…

I just did a podcast with practical tips for those times when you feel like running and hiding! Here is the link:

Curing Mommy Overwhelm

I was so honored to be invited to the Homeschooling Saints Podcast. This was my very first podcast. I was super nervous, but Lisa Mladinich, the show’s host and a fellow homeschooling mom made me so comfortable! It was such a pleasure to talk about this topic which is the number one topic I cover with hundreds of homeschooling moms over these past 20+ years!

This episode will help you get clear on what is critical and how you can put my time-tested tips into action in your own life.  Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll learn…  

  • How playing the comparison game does not work for your unique family (myths, get ready to be busted!).
  • Why it’s especially important to ground yourself in spirituality, and define with your spouse what educational success looks like.
  • Educating the whole child to feel a real sense of success by aligning your curriculum to each child’s strengths.
  • The importance of “Less is More,” stopping the pressure of thinking you “are not enough” or that you will “mess your children up.”
  • How to celebrate the wins, glorify God, and acknowledge your wins!
  • My real family examples and suggestions to focus on strengths, including time management tips for teens.
  • How to honor the dignity of each child, recognize the importance of self-knowledge, and follow the call to holiness.

 Before you make yourself a cup of java or tea and put your headphones on, do me (and yourself) a favor to get the most out of this episode.  Pull out a notebook, I want you to get clear on something vitally important…  

Where are you now? Where do you want to be? What is standing in the way?

Sit with those three simple, but essential, questions and jot down your answers.  Because the precursor to curing mommy overwhelm is knowing what your goals are.  

Okay, all set?

LISTEN NOW….CLICK ON THE IMAGE

CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO LISTEN NOW – CURING MOMMY OVERWHELM

The secret to homeschool success!

Want to know a secret? Sure you do!  Drum roll pease…

Homeschooling success comes from setting just one goal per child per year!

Yes, that’s it! 

At present, I am in the middle of personally designing curriculums for many of my homeschool, coaching clients.

Feeling overwhelmed by all the umpteen choices you are contemplating right now?

Dare I say, you may even be rethinking homeschooling altogether, or how many courses you can outsource or hand-off. Right??

The thing is, trying to be all things to all your children, for all subjects, is crazy busy and overwhelming!  It just is!

That is why, long ago I retrained myself to think small.

Yes, to think, one goal, each year, per child. 

Consequentially, if you simply reflect on the past school year accomplishments you will notice a subject or skill, that your child needs help with to feel real success.

Does this mean you forget the rest of the subjects?

NO! The other subjects are subordinate to the one big goal. 

You have to first and foremost respect the dignity of each unique child. 

Each child has a unique set of strengths and challenges. To foster these, by making them the one goal for the year, lays the foundation to real sustained growth. There is plenty of help to do this too!

Here’s an example:

My daughter was nearing nine and was struggling with reading.  She had very real, vision issues that made reading laborious and exhaustive.  Naturally, she had strong resistance to her reading lessons that year. Additionally, she had (still has) a vivid imagination. Quite frankly, the simple Dick and Jane type of readers did not hold her interest. The stories she had created in her head, through her imagination, were far more captivating.

The truth is that real success in reading, real enjoyment in reading, lays the foundation for everything else.

That year, I planned her curriculum with one goal; have her feel real success with reading beginner chapter books.  Every other subject played second fiddle to this.  This subject took priority in everything I choose for her for that year!

I mean everything!

Nothing was added to her curriculum that would curtail her ultimate goal, reading success.

To illustrate; we kept math work to mainly hands-on fun we did no laborious workbooks. I had no worries here, because I knew math skills would come in time. Indeed, at the right time for her to truly master them. Science was accomplished family-style, with weekly read aloud, and fun experiments with her siblings.

I had on hand many games and puzzles to help her strengthen her eye muscles for focusing. We used the library often in search of topics she loved for read aloud time and reading practice.

Fast forward 15+ years to today.  She just graduated Christendom College this May with honors, and get this, she is pursuing a career in copyediting! 

Really awesome, right!!

I have taught this methodology and practice to hundreds of families too!  It works and sets the stage for your child to feel a real sense of success.

I designed some handy reflection worksheets for this process in my popular FREE Planning Guide, call Get Ready.  Did you get your copy?

Catholic Homeschool mom

Share in the comments below, what has been the cornerstone of your homeschool journey.