When Your Homeschool Year Doesn’t Go As Planned…

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It’s that time of year. The end of the school year. What happened to this homeschool year?

Anyone else feel like this? It’s May and the co-ops are coming to a close, the programs are ending, and people are making summer plans. And I sit and ask…what happened to my homeschool year?

Life happened.

Our year...the one I thought we would be smooth and simple…had lots of unexpected turns. We bought a house, sold a house, only to find out we wouldn’t move after all. We packed boxes, dreamed dreams, and then unpacked those boxes here in the same house. Dreams put on hold.

Life happened.

Somewhere in the midst of it, we managed to do school…yet not like I had planned. Mostly the basics were completed the last few months, even some left undone.

Yet the children learned. They learned more about mortgages than I never knew at that age. They learned about buying and selling homes. They saw Mommy and Daddy under great pressure. They saw the Lord work. There is learning in it all.

And thankfully, we continued with our Bible study even when were busy, tired, or down. We always did our Bible study. 

My son looked out the window this morning and shouted, Whoa!”

I was startled and asked, “What’s wrong?”

Then his face lit up and he said, “There’s leaves.”

He was pointing to the tree outside my window which had been bare all winter, and now finally is bursting forth with green again.

“God is always faithful.” I said.

And I was reminded, that even though it was a long winter, that seemed endless at times, even though we had so many ups and downs these past few months, God is faithful. He springs forth green leaves each summer, no matter what. He never fails.

Sometimes life gets in the way of our “plans.” Never doubt that our children learn just as much from those life lessons as they do from the school books. Use every second of life to teach them. Any school year can be redeemed if we see Him in it. He is working through the messes. He wants to use it all.

If you have had a less than stellar year, redeem it. Use what you can to teach your children from it. After all you are preparing them for life, and what better way to prepare than to experience as a family, the ups and downs together. Just getting through a tough time is the lesson sometimes.

Every year I think this year will be THE year- we will stick to our schedule and it will be smooth. Then, there is always something…Daddy loses his job, Mommy has a baby, there is an unexpected sickness or a family emergency…Life always happens, yet it can all be used for learning and for good.

So don’t fret over what was lost, but what was gained. Let Him teach you through it all. 

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Author: Karen DeBeus

Karen is the author of Simply Homeschool, Called Home, and Bible Based Homeschooling. She is passionate about encouraging homeschooling families on their journey to keep their eyes on the One who called them here. She can also be found blogging about all things simple at Simply Living for Him.

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