Good morning and Shalom to all the homeschooling believers in YAHUAH and YAHUSHA!
Day 8 – Coveting & Contentment
About 5 years ago, I began utilizing the computer more for homeschool. I started signing up to receive updates from various other homeschoolers and everyday there are still great things I discover from others. But there was also a problem. Not with the bloggers themselves, but with me.
At certain times of the year, bloggers come together to discuss different areas of homeschooling. From late June to Mid-September, the posts are full of curriculum, schedules, sales and…pictures of new school rooms.
The first two years, when I looked at the pictures in the posts, I began to feel a depression come on me. Why? Because I wanted our schoolroom to look like other homeschoolers. Many homeschoolers work very hard to create schoolrooms full of color, walls of posters, calendars, nice desks, etc. I wanted that too.
So I would try to see how we could do the same things, only to become more depressed with want I could not do. I stressed my husband with my depression because I could not have what everyone else had.
The third year (of using the internet), YAHUAH showed me that I was coveting and that this year when the pictures of schoolrooms were posted, that I didn’t need to look at them.
So I didn’t. I deleted emails with subjects titled “Our New School Room” or if I couldn’t tell by the title, sometimes I just deleted them and other times when I was able to see what the post was about, I still deleted them. I didn’t follow the blog hops either.
This was big stress reliever from me. It was also a blessing.
I started looking at ways I could work with what we have, to inspire learning in our home. Yes we do have a school/play room. There are desks, bookcases, a computer, an area for library books, a preschool/craft area and toy storage area. It doesn’t look like other homeschool rooms. We don’t need it to be. Educating our kids doesn’t only happen in our school room. It happens at the kitchen table (most of the time), in the living room floor, upstairs, outside, at the library, at the playground, at the grocery store, even in doctor’s offices.
I often use diaper boxes, as storage bins. We move things around and around. Sometimes I pick up things from the thrift store or on sale at Wal-Mart. We re-use anything that we can. Often the kids come up with wonderful uses for any boxes.
I no longer covet other homeschoolers school rooms or anything else. When the emails come in, sometimes I look at them. Sometimes I don’t. When I do, I don’t want what that homeschoolng family has. I am happy for them.
Great Links of the Day:
Today’s links come from:
The World is Our School Room – I enjoy her posts. This is one of my favorite, she also blogs about homeschooling a learning disorders. She has been a big help to me and I will post about learning disorders soon.
Sheppard Software – Free learning games.
Medical Kidnapping? – What we all need to know.
Overcoming ADHD Naturally – Please note this family does not believe in YAHUAH, however their story of how they have worked through ADHD, ADD and other issues using natural methods is awesome.
Salted Peanut Chews – This just gave me an excuse to buy some vegan marshmallows. I am so making this soon and the Peanut Chewy Payday Bars and this Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookie Bars and these Salted Caramel Buttery Crumb Bars and these Caramel Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Gooey Bars!