Book Notes, Homeschool

“Teaching from Rest” Notes

This is just a quick jot down of some of the things I noted in the book Teaching from Rest by Sarah Mackenzie.

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  • “Rest is trusting that God’s got this, even when I mess up and am a mess.” This is so me. My biggest sin-bent is pride, and sometimes that manifests itself in a desire for control and to find a way to be self-sufficient. I can spend days coming up with systems and plans to accomplish the life I feel called to fulfill without regard to the journey that God would rather me go on with Him and not to impress Him with my stellar ability (said sarcastically because it always fails) to get things done.
  • “Interruptions or things not going to plan should not shake me if I am truly in a place of rest and surrender.” It absolutely is about the journey, which is hard for this task-master momma. I have to remember that the ultimate goal is not make my son an A+ student, but to help mold him into living a life for God’s glory.
  • “Unshakeable peace is not tied to my success but my faithfulness.” I should probably type this up and post it somewhere.
  • “Much anxiety in homeschooling could be side-stepped by acknowledging who I am trying to please.” All the amens to this, especially for this people-pleaser.
  • “I am a gardener who plants, waters and stewards. I do not make growth happen.” I’m sure you can see the theme that all the things about not being in control speak to me. I know this will be something I need to be constantly reminded of.
  • “I should not be anxious about the pace of growth happening because I have no control over that.” One thing I actually feel like I have a bit of a handle on is the fact that my son is on a different “schedule” than most. He walked late, ate late, is big for his age- so things just click on a different schedule. We waited to potty train even though it “felt” wrong to wait and it was the easiest thing we’ve done to date with him.
  • “When it comes to pace and measuring progress in homeschooling, it is wise to do it, but not wise to value it over the education of our students.” Use it for what it is, a tool, not a standard.
  • “What words do I want my children to use to describe their homeschool education?” Fun, challenging and fulfilling. That I always believed in him and gave him the tools to do whatever his calling was.
  • “Begin with the end in mind and focus on what really matters.” We also heard this from the parenting class I listened to from Jen Wilkin and her husband Jeff.
  • Published resources are to be used by me, not to be weirded over me. A tip she gave was to plan ahead 6 weeks at a time, and take the 7th week off to evaluate. No matter what, stick to the plan for those 6 weeks though, even if it’s not going smoothly.
  • Use Philippians 4:8 as a guide before adding curriculum to our day.
  • Figure out a daily budget of time for something and then fill 80% of it.
  • Loop subjects and activities that don’t need to be done daily.
  • “Our children are not projects to be managed but souls to cultivate.” Again with the controlling and list-checking.
  • “There is no prize for being the mom who checks off the most boxes on a task list.” Probably need to add this to the quote I mentioned above that I would print out.
  • “Jesus didn’t try to do it all and yet He did everything God asked Him to.” He always leads by example.
  • “It’s just as important to think about what kind of environment I need to have to thrive as it is to think about the one our children need.” Because I’m 50% of this homeschool thing!
  • “There’s a balance between knowing myself enough to be realistic, but also knowing that I can’t use my shortcomings as a crutch.” Because it’s supposed to challenge and push me too- this is why it’s so important to be constantly surrendering and asking God for wisdom.
  • “It’s possible to work to the point of exhaustion and still feel lacking. Multi-tasking is not a skill to be desired and honed, but a lack of focus on the important things.” I love this.
  • “We take the long view. Consistency over time goes a long way in tending an orchard. Faithfully tending my work is what success looks like.” We always heard about long-obedience from my old youth pastor/boss and his wife.
  • “It is our part to offer what we can, His part to finish what we cannot.” St. Jerome