Welcome to The Wholehearted Homeschooler!
I’m so glad you’re here! Homeschooling is such a wonderful blessing, and it is my hope that you will love and enjoy every bit of the journey.
I do understand, however, how overwhelming it can be at times. Between lesson plans, housework, toddlers, meals, and curricula, it’s sometimes easy to lose focus of what is truly important.
Mama, I get it.
There have been plenty of days that I, too, didn’t know how I was going to get through the day. I’ve worked my way through multiple moves, special needs, a breech birth, newborns, and my own perfectionism. It has truly been quite the journey.
But I’ve learned through it all, and I’m still learning each and every day. It is my hope that through this blog, I can share with you what I have found to be encouraging and inspiring along the way.
Before I was a homeschooling mom, I was a public middle school teacher and in the summer of 2005, I married the love of my life. That same year, I became an educational consultant, serving grades K-12. Over the next 7 years, I traveled the state helping teachers and their students in the areas of reading and writing and English language acquisition.
Somewhere during that time, our son and daughter were born, and after giving my heart to The Lord, I felt the calling to come home to my family. We began homeschooling when our son was four, and since then, we’ve added another “student” to our homeschool. I now have a 3rd grader, kindergartener, and two year-old playschooler in our school. This post contains affiliate links. See disclosure.
Our Educational Philosophy
What I have had to learn during that time is what it meant to be truly educated. What good would it be for our children to be filled with knowledge if they did not have wisdom?
It took a small boy and a whole lot of trial and error and prayer to redefine what education truly was and what it needed to look like for our family.
What I came to discover through that process was how important it was for them to know God and His Word. I wanted them to love God and others first and foremost and to embrace a Biblical perspective and worldview. I wanted them to love learning and to know how to learn, to be able to think critically and to know how to question, analyze, and evaluate information. I wanted them to be able to reason and synthesize and ultimately have the skills they needed to fulfill God’s purposes for their lives.
But I also wanted them to enjoy their childhood. Reading For the Children’s Sake opened my eyes to this very special time in their lives where cardboard boxes are rocket ships and old sheets become cabins in the woods. I didn’t want to rush them through check boxes when play, storybooks, and outdoor time were just as important and meaningful.
I’ve learned to slow down . . . and to sometimes, let go. I’ve learned that even if I don’t get to that “big hands-on project,” just giving them time to play often means that they will come up with an even better idea on their own. I’ve learned that sharing life with one another each and every day is a learning experience in and of itself, and I’ve learned to embrace my children right where they are and to encourage them in their own walks.
Together, we have learned so very much, and I am truly grateful for this new love and appreciation we’ve gotten to share for books, and art work, and music, and Van Gogh. I’m grateful for the nature walks, the fun in the river, and the park days . . . the field trips, the cooking, the outdoor picnics, and the couch snuggles. I’m grateful for the reading of first words and the celebration of overcoming math challenges, for the beautiful memories we will forever have in our hearts. . .
And the ones still yet to come.
The Wholehearted Homeschooler
The Wholehearted Homeschooler is about all of that. It is about seeing our children as God sees them, celebrating their uniqueness and individuality for who they are . . . today. It’s about embracing this beautiful time of childhood and creating opportunities for play, nature, and relationships.
It’s having a love for family and a heart for the home. It’s organization and order, rhythms and routines that create a place of belonging and an atmosphere of learning. It’s choosing the best living books, pursuing truth, goodness, and beauty through it all.
The Wholehearted Homeschooler is about making all of that a reality, bit-by-bit, step-by-step, post-by-post. Each time you visit, I hope to send you back with a boost of encouragement, an idea to try, or the inspiration you need to come up with your own wholehearted ideas.
If you’ve had a hard time finding balance in your days . . .
If you’ve lost sight of your vision or haven’t gotten around to creating a Homeschool Mission Statement just yet . . .
If you’re just plain tired and frustrated and need a little boost . . .
Or if you’re new to homeschooling altogether or are just looking for some new ideas . . .
Please join me!
Together, it is my hope that we will create homes full of love and learning.
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