Nitty Gritty Homeschool tip #2 is:
Look to what you have to be grateful for. In one word: GRATITUDE! I realized that I was despairing and rolling around in discontentment because our homeschooling isn't perfect. But then I thought, "Well, what schooling situation is perfect?" The fact of the matter is that we live in a fallen world, so no education is perfect, and to aim for perfection is to make an idol out of it. So, I commit my works to the Lord, work hard to glorify Him in our schooling, and be grateful for all things and to take special notice of what IS going right.
So today my gratitude list looks like this:
*Elijah knows almost all of his doubles math facts (You see, my temptation is to look at the facts he doesn't know instead of the ones he does know).
*We actually made it to the library today, and all the books on my list were actually there! (even though I did have a $9 fine...Ben please don't kill me :-)
*My girls love reading and are quite quick at it.
*All my kids are great in math.
*Abigail's handwriting is improving, and she is really getting the hang of grammar.
*I'm so thankful for the opportunity this year for Elijah to attend the Oaks. He is growing in amazing ways there.
Anyway, I'm not going to write out everything, but the idea is to look at what IS going right and to be down right thankful for that. And added to that, to be grateful too for the shortcomings you see in your situation. That, I think, will bring joy!