We’ve got our first quarter behind us. Next time we meet will be in 2017, after Thanksgiving and Christmas. It was suggested (and you know who you are!) that I write something about homeschooling during the holidays! Or not … which may be the point of this blog post!
Many of us come into the holidays with lots of expectations. Of course, we all want a peaceful, joyous, homemade picture. But you may be experiencing sickness, chronic disease, financial difficulties, any number of troubles that may not add up to our picture-perfect expectations.
Let me encourage you to ask the Lord for His plans for your family for this holiday season. Pray for wisdom and direction. Be willing to allow Him to plan your steps.
You can always include special Christmas activities in your educational plan. If you’re not way far behind on reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic, you could make time for reading special books, crafting gifts, baking and decorating, writing letters and cards. Watching traditional Christmas movies, or seeing The Nutcracker ballet could become a family tradition.
It’s important that you build in time in your schedule to take care of extra activities, because you know they are coming. But since it is just now the first of November, I would encourage you to make an effort to stay on top of academics, so you can take the time to be with family and friends and relax at Thanksgiving and Christmas. You really don’t want to be giving math tests while you’re at Aunt Nancy’s house for Christmas! For sure, your students don’t want to be taking tests at Aunt Nancy’s house!
Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Be realistic about what you can and cannot do. Since the origin of the word “holiday” is holy day, think about our call to be a holy people.
We are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession.” Because of Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection, we can now proclaim all the excellencies of the God who has called us out of darkness into HIS marvelous light.