Just as the seasons of the year change, we will see the seasons change in our homeschools. What do I mean by seasons? A season is the state that you and your family are in at this current time. One thing I want to tell every mom reading this…it’s okay to change!

For many of us, we experience changes similar to the weather in our homeschools. There are things that happen that can throw us off and we may need to step back and evaluate things for a moment. We experience loss in different forms- be it a job, family member, family pet, or even our homes. We experience growth in different forms- be it more money coming in, adding a new member to the family, or learning a new skill or approach that will help make homeschool better for the entire family.

Again, it’s okay to change. The seasons change and we can, too! The time will come when the backup curriculum you have may be better suited for what’s going on in the house right now. The time will come when you are overwhelmed and need to take that break for a day or two. The time will come when you realize that you scheduled schoolwork during a family vacation.

Think about how the cycle of seasons goes. Winter comes first and is the time when preparations are made to start anew. The earth is preparing for new life and new growth…just as you are. Winter is the time where we catch our second wind, or the first wind if we are just now making the decision. Some of us are planning not only the rest of the school year we’re in, but the one to come as well. You tuck those plans away until you’re ready to use them.

Then comes Spring and the time for new life and new growth. That’s when you take a moment to look at those plans and start working them. It’s also the time when you likely check to see how your family has grown during this journey. You look for new curriculum, new activities, new opportunities…anything that will help your family to get moving forward!

Summer comes in and we get to breathe for a minute. This is the time when some of us take that break and let our minds rest for just a few minutes. The break may not last long, as it’s also the time that some of us get started up again or prepare to.

Fall hits before we know it and it’s time to get back to the grind. Our plans are done, curriculum purchased, schedule set, coffee’s out in abundance, and prayers have been offered. We’re wrangling children (and spouses) together to embark on the next stage in our journey.

It’s important to be willing to adapt also.

One way to survive seasons of change in your homeschool is to have a full backup plan! Your backup plan should include an alternate schedule, a backup curriculum with supplies , and even a backup meal plan.

Another way to survive to stay in prayer over your family and homeschool. You will definitely God’s strength to make it through any changes that come your way.

A third way to survive is to make sure that you and your spouse are on- and stay on- the same page! Communication is vital for change to not be overtly overwhelming.

Lastly, try not to panic. Your family needs to see you with as level a head as possible.  Take a moment to process it for yourself…it will work wonders!

May God’s grace see you through the change of seasons in your life!

About Tammie Polk

Tammie is a wife and mother of three girls, ages 11, 6, and 1 from Memphis, TN. She began her homeschool journey in 2008 and has worked as both a private and charter school educator as well as a substitute teacher. She is an eclectic homeschooler and enjoys tailoring curriculum to meet the needs of her children, one of whom is special needs. She maintains a blog, Atkah’s Choice (www.atkahchoice.wordpress.com) and also writes for Learning Tangent Magazine. She is also in the process of starting her homeschool consulting and tutoring business. In her spare time, she enjoys writing books and devotionals, creating educational board games and lesson plans, serving in the choir and other ministries at the Crossroads Baptist Church, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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