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I hate to admit it, but when I first heard about homeschooling I thought, “Why would people do that to their kids?” But God kept bringing us back to the idea. I’m so glad He did.
And now, fifteen years later, my own children have graduated from our homeschool. God has placed within me a love for His Word, women’s ministry, writing, and homeschooling. Why not combine them together?
So I created Cultivate My Heart to encourage and equip you on your journey, sweet, homeschooling mama—whether you have just started or have been doing it for years. Not because I did it perfectly (far from it!), but because homeschooling doesn’t need to be done alone. I believe with all my heart we are better together.
So if you are just starting out, know that I’ve had the same questions that you have!
- How do I homeschool?
- What should I teach?
- How do I know what curriculum or resources to buy?
- What about socialization?
- What about me?
For those of you who have been doing this for a while, the concerns and questions don’t end. They just change a bit.
- I’m tired. How do I keep homeschooling when I feel so overwhelmed?
- I was fine with teaching elementary school, but what about high school?
- Do I need to start using textbooks now that they are older?
- What will I do after my kids graduate?
I hope to help you find the answer to these questions and more. Because even though homeschooling can be difficult, it is also full of joy, discovery, and love. I wouldn’t trade the years I homeschooled my two boys for anything. Even the hard parts.
To help you understand just a little more about Cultivate My Heart, you may want to check out these posts first:
Why did I choose to name a homeschooling blog Cultivate My Heart? Find out the answer here.
Why the tagline “Heart-to-Heart Homeschooling”? You can click here.
I really love the imagery of gardening and find it to be such a perfect picture of this “Heart-to-Heart” 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.
And if you have any questions about homeschooling, or suggestions about posts you would like to read or resources that would help you, send me an email at email@example.com.
From my heart to yours,