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Slogan’s & Motto’s

          I don’t know about anyone else, but I find that little short statements often help me refocus.  I have them posted all over the place as gentle reminders.  My eyes always seem to fall on them, when I need them most and least want to hear them.

          I thought I would share a few of my favorites here. 

          When I was at the very beginning of my journey into home education I had bought my pre-teen daughter a Chicken Soup book for her birthday.  One day while she was reading she shared a little thought from it with me. 

          “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

          This became my personal and home schooling motto, immediately.  Instead of always thinking about what we can’t do, or the things I wish I had to teach my children with, I began (and am still) learning to literally do what ever it is that we can and are capable of doing, with what ever it is we already have, right where we are.   

          Two or three years into home schooling a friend introduced me to the Charlotte Mason approach to education.  This seemed to fit better with my personality and my desired life style than anything else I had tried up to that point.  I think I’ve become a CM educator, although the professional teacher in me still creeps out from time to time, trying to fill the void.  Charlotte Mason had a school motto for her PNEU schools.  I adopted this for our home school, and then adapted it for single mothers (any mother really) who is home educating. 

Charlotte Mason PNEU School Motto

Adapted for Single Homeschooling Mom’s 

I AM

            I am a child of God.  I am loved.   I am the most qualified person there is to train up my children for His glory and eternal kingdom.  I am their mother.

            John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

I CAN

          I can do His will.  I can home educate my children by His grace and for His glory.

            Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthenth me.

I OUGHT

I ought to trust the Lord for the provision of our needs.  I ought to home educate my children in obedience to the Lord.

Acts 5:29, “…We ought to obey God rather than men.”

Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

I WILL

I will seek the will of the Lord in my home schooling endeavors.  I will home educate my children for God’s eternal kingdom, by His grace.

Luke 22:42,”…never the less, not my will, but thine, be done.”

James 4:15, “For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.”   

           When I hit the rough spots, I make a conscious effort to decided to prevail if for no other reason that the Lord might be glorified for it, so around my house, and with friends, I’m often heard to say,

          By God’s grace and for His glory.

          Truly, what other reason should we have for doing all that we do? 

          Just this week when surfing the web, on one site I visited (I wish I could remember where it was) I read something to this effect:

We don’t have to be experts,

just willing vessels.

          As I begin a new leg of my home education journey, I find myself feeling, incapable and inadequate, for many tasks that lay before me.  This really gave me the boost I needed.  I think it is especially true of those considering home education or those new to it.  I know when I started out I was sure that I would not be able to teach my daughter, she was too old.  I was only trained to work with children through the third grade.  She was just finishing third grade and about to enter fourth.  The Lord doesn’t require us to be “experts” only that we be willing to be used of Him, for his purposes. 

          I hope one or all of these will be an encouragement to you, as you start or continue on your journey in home educating.

          If you have a motto or slogan you use, please email it to me.

Maggieraye

 

 

 

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