Slow Cooker Homeschooling

This was originally posted on the Sped Homeschool website. My wife, Cammie, wrote this and has been homeschooling for over 20 years and is still homeschooling several children.  If you homeschool and have special children in your home, please go to their website. The group has been started to help homeschool parents with children who have special needs at a national level. The organization was originally started in Texas and has now been able to go national.

Slow Cooker Homeschooling

By Cammie Arn

Have you ever wondered just why spaghetti sauce tastes best when simmered for hours over low heat verses just mixing all the ingredients up as fast as you can? Or why a roast is more tender and juicy when it’s slow cooked on a lower temperature than cooked on high for a shorter time? It has to do with being patient for everything to break down and come together in its own time.

Complex Parts Come Together with Time

It’s the same with homeschooling. We all have different ingredients in the form of employment, family size, level of special needs, appointments, therapies and curriculum. So why do we compare our family with that of another and try to recreate their recipe for success in our own homeschool?

Slow Cooker, Not Instapot

We are in a slow-cooker mama. Homeschooling and parenting go hand in hand and neither are recipes to be put into an Instapot to rush to the end. It’s a long slow journey with amazing rewards, but we need to recognize we are on our own journey and it isn’t going to “taste” like anyone else’s recipe or have the same ingredients.

Differences in Ingredients, Measurements, and Cooking Time

So as you daily add your “ingredients”, carefully measuring and selecting each one, be sure to add a measure of grace and a double portion of love.  These two additional ingredients always make the recipe work out better.

Don’t rush, instead savor the smell of the beautiful unique recipe coming together in your homeschool today.  You will be glad you did.

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Say Yes To White Space

My wife had written this post recently for another blog space. It is written to parents with special needs children in the homeschool world.

Say Yes to White Space

By Cammie Arn

Do you ever feel like life is a blur? Are you just going through the motions? Do you feel like you’re behind before you even start the day? I know how that feels too.

Rest is productive

I have to remind myself every year that white space on the calendar is a good thing. Scheduling off-time is crucial. Our society pushes us to believe that we must always do something and that rest is unproductive. You don’t really NEED to sleep 8 hours do you? Six hours is enough, isn’t it?

Can I persuade you to believe that rest IS productive?  Taking time to rest enables you to be the best version of yourself you can be. It allows you to fully be with your children. They become your mission and not your distraction.

Exhaustion is real

The beginning of the school year looms with all of the activities that it brings. Pair that with appointments, church activities extra-curriculars, and the daily tasks of housekeeping and you have a recipe for exhaustion.  This is especially true in my family of ten!

Plan white space

Can I encourage you to take a day a week, an hour a day or 5 minutes an hour and just do nothing? To just Breathe?  Here are some things you can do to recharge:

  • Pray
  • Take a walk
  • Relax in a bubble bath
  • Whatever it takes for you to unplug

This has helped me so much! I can go into the day with a clear focus because exhaustion no longer rules the day. We are so intentional with our families, but often neglect ourselves.

Welcome rest

So as you go into this next school year, take a deep breath and say no to things you’re not called to (it is okay to say no). Say no to the things that drain you. Say yes to REST.

Remember that white space in your life brings a calming peace. Kids being bored is a good thing. That’s when imaginations come in and creativity abounds.

Say yes to white space…

You CAN do this..

This was originally posted at: Say Yes To White Space