Yesterday I had some time to sit down and work on our homeschooling planning... filling in blocks and days with what we hope to achieve. Reading, writing, math, geography, science, art, history... we start on Tuesday. I sat with a pencil in hand, which always brings back memories. I rarely write in pencil. I used to.
I sat there with my planner, feeling so much like my mother with books surrounding me and getting excited and feeling so blessed that we can make this choice for our family and spend this time together and learn and teach each other.
What seemed like hours later I was done with my planning, I cracked open my bible. I've been studying Proverbs with She Reads Truth. Opened to Proverbs 16, I saw my absolute favorite verse:
Pleasant words are a honeycomb,
Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
And then all the planning I just did seemed not as important. All the insecurities I have in my head about homeschooling kind of drifted away. The important thing, in regards to schooling my children, being with my children, is to give kind words. Pleasant words. That is to be the theme of the school year: Pleasant words are a honeycomb...
My hope in this coming year is for my children to learn about themselves, each other, for me to learn about them and learn how to teach them, and for pleasant words to yield kindness and strength and wisdom. And education. But really, it's not so much about the education as it is a lifestyle of learning. Where learning is not a bad word, or a boring word, but a pleasant word that heals the soul and bones. To instill a life long love of learning... that is my goal, my gift, my gift to my children.
Now to plaster the phrase on the wall in bold letters...
This week we're linking up with Jade... join us?