About Rest for the Weary

I hope you will find this little spot a place of rest and refreshment for your soul. My intention is to build up women in the trenches of homeschooling. This includes veterans who are burned out and former homeschooling moms who have decided for one reason or another to put some or all of their children in school. Thanks for stopping by. Take a deep breath of refreshment for your weary soul.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Whatever you choose, It's going to be OK

(Tis the season for making school choices.  I thought this might help you)

I just want to remind you, dear mother, that no matter which educational option you choose, it's going to be ok.  You are going to survive this bumpy journey of school change.  Sometimes the hardest part is actually making the decision.  Realize you may fall but just get back up and carry on.  Let the waves of doubt, fear, failure, pain, and disappointment wash over you.  You and your child(ren) will survive.  Change is difficult.  It feels stiff, like an uncomfortable new shoe. It must be trodden many times before it feels like a comfortable old friend.  But it will someday. 
Know you aren't a better or worse mom because of your decision.  Putting your child in school doesn't mean you are a failure any more than homeschooling them guarantees success.  Don't seek your value as a wife, mother, or woman in any school option. Goodness, holiness, and success as a mother comes from who you are not your school choices. Because you care.... No matter where life finds you, you care.  I can almost bet you have spent countless hours surfing the net, researching all possible answers and turned it over in your mind too many times to remember.  You care and you want a good situation for your child and family. Maybe you need to work to help support the family.  Some hope to improve their relationship with their child. Others want to opportunities they can't provide at home.  No matter your reasons, it will be fine.  You will make the school choice work. And if it doesn't work, it isn't set in stone.  It is pliable, changeable, and it may take some experimenting to find out which one fits. But you will survive. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Hello again

Sorry for the long absence.  Life is full with 5 children still at home.  School has wrapped up and summer is in full swing.  Last school year, I had 1 homeschooling (my youngest who is dyslexic), 3 in private school, and one in a public university.  Life is funny in that it is constantly changing.  Each season brings newness and so does family life.  This coming school year will bring new changes for us including public school for the first time for one child.  2 children will be at home and my child that will be a senior in high school will be finishing up via dual credit at the community college and taking 2 other classes online to finish her 4 required classes to get a high school diploma.  My child that will be at home (that was in private school for the last 2 1/2 years) asked to be homeschooled again.  He will be an 8th grader, and I promised him one year at home and if the public school is a good experience for my 10th grader, he will follow the next year. 
So, it is that time of year for making school decisions.  Sometimes I wish it were more simple like when I was a kid.  My parents gave it no thought; we just went to the local public school.  There was no yearly agonizing.  But I guess life has changed so I thought it might be helpful for you to read some others experiences regarding this decision. 

I decided to stop homeschooling (video)

What I discovered when I quit homeschooling

Why we are quitting homeschooling

Sending my homeschooled child to public school

Enjoy these! I hope to be posting again at more regular intervals. 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Neglected blog

sorry for my absence. Several of you left comments and/or requested correspondence. I would love to chat with you! Please check back soon. I hope to have a new post and update up this coming week.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Leaving homeschooling

Here is a great article about one family leaving homeschooling.  It is called Leaving the Cloister.  I would love to hear your thoughts. 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

5 Myths about homeschooling

Sorry I haven't been around lately.  I hope to begin writing more.  Life is sometimes a whirlwind.  I came across an excellent article about homeschooling myths. 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Back to school

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Can you believe it is already back to school time? School supplies have been in stores around here for a couple of weeks now.  Many of you may be anticipating beginning your homeschool while others may be meeting brick and mortar school for the first time this fall with some trepidation.  Whatever the case may be, their are many preparations for getting ready for this time honored childhood ritual.  As a child, I loved starting back to school.  I enjoyed shopping for school supplies and new clothes.  The smell of new crayons brings back many fond memories.
I thought it might be helpful to remind you of posts from last summer on school preparations.
Creative school lunches
Backpack station
Clothing organization
Lunch making station
Organizing the large homeschooling family
Last year was such a big change for us, with all 5 children going to school, that I literally scrambled to get all of the above things accomplished to have a good transition into school.  This year I would like to do some special things before school starts to celebrate the end of summer and a new beginning of another year in school.  Maybe you would like to try some too.

Back to school rituals

1.First day of school photos

This is one thing I was really good about when I homeschooled all of my children.  On our first  of school, I took their picture with their favorite book.  Now that they are in school, I do the same thing except they are in school uniform.

2. School supplies

Let the kids go shopping with you for school supplies.  Splurge a bit and let them get some fancy pens, binders, or folders to make it their own.

3. Scrapbook

A couple of weeks before school starts, make a mini scrapbook of your summer.  My children did this, and we had a blast.

4. A special time for each child

When I was homeschooling, a week or so before school started, I took each child out individually for ice cream or some other treat and went over the coming year’s expectations.  This year I am going to take each child out for a treat and share memories from their first school year and our summer together.
What special things do you do with your children at the beginning of a new school year?