It’s that time of year! Garden Season!
There are very few, if ever, any days in the garden that I’m not reminded of our Creator.
I see His beauty.
I see His grace.
I see the awesomeness of Creation. And without fail….I see how my garden is so much like our lives. No wonder the Psalmists and Jesus Himself used nature to teach. It’s always such a perfect picture and reminder of our own lives and journeys. So, today, I’m offering advice on how to grow that Homeschooled Child. Now remember, I’m no professional gardener, parent, or Homeschool Mom. But our God….He is the perfect teacher and I think you just might find some inspiration, encouragement, and food for thought here in my Homeschool Garden instructions! Happy Planting!
Prepare Your Soil. This is SO important. The type of soil you plant your seed in often decides much of the outcome of the plant…um, student! A soil filled with scriptural vitamins and minerals and laced with a teachable spirit has proven to be the most workable and fertile ground!
Thank the Lord for the seed He’s given you to work with here, aka your student! It’s important to take care not to damage the seed while planting. Instead, carefully place your child in the correct depth of soil (level of learning) and cover with the right amount soil (curriculum) to allow them to sprout properly! If and when in question, know you can always refer to the guidebook (your Bible) for proper instruction, guidelines, and help to make such decisions.
Once your ground (a strange mixture of their hearts along with your own) has been prepared, and your child properly planted at the right level and proper kind of curriculum for their needs, be ready to tend your garden while it prepares to grow. This is a season of watering and waiting. Remember to water (teach) every day, even when you don’t see results. You must also allow adequate sunshine into this equation! By exposing your seed to the light of God through scripture, experience, and great fellowship, you’re adding the other essential to growth! While you continue to consistently water (teach) your child, changes are forming and growing in their hearts, minds, and souls, even when you can’t see! Be ready for that first sprout! It’s so encouraging and exciting to see the beginning of knowledge take root and begin to grow! Be sure to thank God, pat yourself of the shoulder, talk to and praise that tender sprout, and then move onto step 4!
Continue allowing your student the exposure to God’s light, the regular watering of your teaching, and of course regularly monitor your soil in case it becomes depleted. If that’s the case, a good dose of fertilizer might be needed to give your student a boost. The best fertilizers out there are study in God’s word, church events, camps and getaways, and sometimes even just an uplifting visit and outing with other homeschool families.
Stay on top of the weeds and grass in your garden! The growth of these outsiders is normal and to be expected. It’s important to watch for these distractions and negative influences on your student. In our garden we’ve found these in the form of too much electronics, the distractions of busyness, and over commitment. When weeds or grass first begin to sprout, pull them immediately before they become a problem! I know that this isn’t always possible. But don’t give up, do your best, and continue to clean out the grass and weeds from your precious garden. When these things are around your plant, they take the needed nutrients from the soil away from your student for their own growth. When left to grow too long, it becomes even trickier to remove them and they can even become so entangled in the roots of your own plant that their removal causes damage. So, tend to the weeds!
Enjoy the fruits of your garden! This homeshool life is beautiful! Beautiful on perfect days, on not so perfect days, and even on those days you may be tempted to run to the grocery store to meet your garden needs instead of working the hard but fruitful garden you’re growing! Stick to it! Enjoy the times of rest. Be grateful for the days it rains and your garden is watered by God’s hand so you get a break. Be proud of your fruit, that child you grow. Be proud of the gardener, yourself. And above all else, give thank to the Creator of them all!