Cultivate My Heart: Nurturing Heart-to-Heart Homeschooling exists to both encourage and equip you as a homeschooling mom. Why do I call it “Heart-to-Heart Homeschooling”? Because education that doesn’t start with your heart, and that doesn’t acknowledge your children’s hearts will be incomplete at best.
I really love the imagery of gardening and find it to be such a perfect picture of this type of homeschooling. Below you will find an explanation of the different topics you will find here—and I’m always glad to get feedback from you! Let me know what you need or have questions about at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In gardening, grafting unites a smaller stem of one plant—usually chosen for its leaves, flowers, or fruits—onto the stock of another plant selected for its strong roots.
As homeschooling moms, we need to be grafted into the One who is our source of life, strength, and growth. Then we will be able to give our children what they really need. As John 15:5 says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
The seedbed is a part of the garden that has been set aside in order to grow seedlings—tender, young plants—into large ones that will be transplanted into the garden when they are ready.
Our children also need a place that gives them opportunities to develop spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually. Like the seedbed, our homeschools provide a nurturing environment preparing them for mature and productive lives. At Cultivate My Heart you’ll find a natural approach to homeschooling that respects the whole child.
Transplanting refers to digging up a plant and moving it to another location. It is important for the plant to acclimate to its new surroundings for a period of time so that it doesn’t experience transplant shock.
This is true for our teens and young adults. Eventually they will be transplanted from our garden into their own homes, careers, and callings. Our job as homeschooling parents is to help them make that transition smoothly.
There are many tools that help the gardener cultivate and care for plants. Sometimes a hoe is required to break up the soil, a trowel to dig up the weeds, or pruners to cut back on that which will hinder growth.
We, too, need tools to help us cultivate our homeschools. When we teach heart-to-heart, we choose resources that support a type of education anchored in relationship—an education emphasizing each student’s character, spiritual growth, and intellectual development.
A gardener is one who tends and cultivates a garden. And that is YOU!
The Gardener’s Corner provides resources for the rest of the homeschooling mom’s life. From ideas for feeding a family in a easy, quick, and healthy way to how to juggle working from home while homeschooling, this is the area designed to give you the encouragement and resources you as the gardener needs.
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