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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom: Simplifying Our Home & Lives

For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you.
~ 2 Corinthians 1:12 ~ 

     When I started out homeschooling, I thought I had to have every book they made and a library of our own.  Our youngest son was overwhelmed with all the books and stuff we bought to teach him.  He would see the many bookshelves full of things and would just mentally break down.  There was too much to choose from.  He needed simplicity.  He craved it.  

       After 19 years, I have certainly learned what is needed and not needed in order to teach our children here at home.  We went from 6 bookshelves full of homeschooling books and learning materials, to just 2.  That is not bad considering we have curriculum for every grade now and learning aids for our elementary kiddos.  We also have a bookcase for the books the children love to read.  When we buy a new book, we look for 5 to give away to another family who can use them. It is all about keeping things simple and easy to maintain.  

        As for our curriculum, I do have to buy some workbooks for the textbooks we use, but other than that, we like to stick with our A Beka books for the elementary years, BJU for the upper grades and Saxon for Math.  It not only saves on space, it saves on money.  If I feel a certain curricula isn't working, I may pray about changing it to something new, but that rarely happens.  We have seemed to found a system that works for us and I am so grateful!!  

        I wanted to share about this subject so that you may glean from my years of experience.  Don't think you have to buy every book out there.  Take time to look for the items that will fit you and your children.  Be careful not to buy too many books or learning aids.  Don't overwhelm yourself or your children with things.  What they need is your attention and your time.  They will learn no matter how many learning materials is available as long as you take time to teach them on a daily basis.  

     I use to think that if I didn't have tons of books and teaching aids that other families would think we were not giving our children a quality education.  Now I only live to please God, my husband and my children in our home.  It doesn't matter what everyone else thinks as long as I am doing all I do for the glory of God!  

So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
~ 1 Corinthians 10:31 ~

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