It is Day 4 of Back to Homeschool Week, hosted by Randi over at I Have to Say. I have never blogged this much and I am taking advantage of it because next week is Back to Homeschool over here. I didn’t plan to be in the system’s timeline, but it has work for us this time having the summer off. Mom is refreshed and ready to take on the year ahead. Posting will be light but I am also looking forward to chronicling our day to day discoveries.
Today’s topic is “If I Had Only Known.” The first thing that came to mind is Charlotte Mason. If I just did my homework on the different styles of homeschooling before jumping in, we would have not started with the textbook approach. I am thankful that it was only for a short season.
Had I only known that certain resources would not work for us, I would have not spend the $$ on it. The idea is to always pray before making the purchase. I have learned to be more sensitive now when I get a check in my spirit about certain materials, no matter how good they look.
I would not spend that much money on resources in the early years. Reading-aloud is one of the best things we could offer our young children, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. The library is a wealth of resources. There are books about books, lots of help online, and many things to tinker and discover all on our own.
Had I known that my oldest would still be challenged by some simple math facts long after she has shown a handle at them in her assigned work, I would have just put the workbook aside, more than I had done, until I am assured that she has mastered her facts. I have climbed mountains over this one, because I had always excelled in Math and I must have put unrealistic expectations on this unsuspecting victim.
As I look back, my biggest “if I had only known” is paying for all those materials that prove unfruitful to us, or that would just sit on the shelves. And I’m only making a fuzz over it because it has to do with stewardship. Our children are still young and we are still in the early part of our journey. I’m still learning with them.