By now most of us homeschoolers are back at it. Our lesson plans are written, there are new books and notebooks, pencils and crayons. Maybe you tidied up your house. That is something I like to do before starting a new school year.
May I suggest one more thing that you should do?
The best home education starts with a mother’s smile.
I know I have written this quote on the blog before. But it is a good reminder for me. Always. I read this quote years and years ago from a blogger who was home educated herself and this was advice that her mother gave her. How wise. For the life of me I don’t know who it was. Anyway, kudos to you unknown blogger!!
Smile at your children! When they are struggling with a concept put your hand on their back, give them a kiss on their cheek, smile, and reassure them.
It will help.
I think this is some of the best advice I have ever been given. Especially important to remember come February. Around February I am just so worn and weary and empty. I look in the mirror and look that way also. I think to myself “This is what the kids see.” How uninspiring.
I also try to shower everyday, fix my hair and put on some make-up. It makes me feel better. Who wants to look at a haggard worn out mom/teacher all day? Maybe you're thinking this is a little vain, maybe it is, but it helps me.
But the smiling part? That is real. Let them see that you love them and that you love to spend your days with them, these beautiful little people that God gave you. You are forming, shaping and molding them. How awesome is that!? Be happy about this big job that God has set before you, this job of home educating your child. Be happy and smile!! It’s contagious!