There are so many things to be thankful for, not only this Thanksgiving season, but always! Thanksgiving, however, reminds me to actually stop and say thank you for all the little things. I’m thankful for my Jesus, my family, my friends, and also the opportunity to homeschool. It’s a time to give thanks for the many things that homeschool offers.
Thankful for Homeschooling
Homeschooling means that I can’t be out at a regular 9 to 5 job earning income. It also means that I am blessed with more time with my children to laugh, learn, and grow closer to them each day. Sometimes I’m even thankful for the difficult moments that teach us conflict resolution! If people who homeschool seem a bit alien to you, or if you are a homeschooler struggling to find the joy in homeschooling right now, check out the 30 Days of Gratitude in the Homeschool series.
Thankful for Showing the God’s Heart
The number one thing that I am thankful for when it comes to homeschooling is having the opportunity to show my children God’s heart. I can give my children a personalized Christian education that speaks directly to their interests and their hearts. I LOVE being able to immediately answer their questions about God as best I can, to teach them to serve, to study the Bible, and most important, to show them how much Jesus loves them.
Thankful for Creativity and Flexibility
After showing them God’s heart, I would have to say that the second and third biggest reasons I am thankful for homeschooling is creativity and flexibility. I wrote more about that in an article for the 30 Days of Gratitude in the Homeschool series. I love that homeschooling enables you to teach what you want, how you want, when you want.
How We are Exercising Creativity and Flexibility This Homeschool Season
Flexibility–Read a Great Book, Any Book You Want!
As homeschoolers, we can choose what we read. Take a break from your regularly scheduled reads and have some holiday fun.
Some of you may not know the history of how Thanksgiving came to be a tradition. Sure, you know about the Pilgrims and Native Americans, but do you know how the rest of us came to celebrate Thanksgiving every single year? If not, make sure to read the story Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving. It’s a great book about how one persistent woman used the power of persuasive writing to bring about Thanksgiving as we know it.Sure, you know about the Pilgrims and Native Americans, but do you know how the rest of us came to celebrate Thanksgiving every single year? Click To Tweet
Creativity–Write Thanksgiving Letters
We choose this month to focus on letter writing. Your kids may be inspired by Sarah Hale’s Thanksgiving letters to write their own persuasive letter. If so… great! See what happens!
You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:11 ESV
Letters of Thanks
Regardless of whether or not your kids want to be persuasive, this is a great time for them to write letters of thanks to family, friends, favorite authors, movie stars, local politicians. We have been blessed to homeschool, so we should bless others. Who doesn’t like to be told how much they are appreciated? Think outside of the box and let others know that they matter. It just might result in praise to God!
Iron sharpens iron and one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 ESV
Embrace the Creativity and Flexibility
Don’t forget to stop by Minnesota Country Girl’s blog and read my post, “Thankful for the Creativity and Flexibility that Homeschool Offers.” What will you do to to embrace the creativity and flexibility this holiday season? Will you take a longer break and relax or do holiday school? I would love to hear your ideas in the comments. Thanks for sharing. Remember, iron sharpens iron. We are better together!