Teaching From Rest

I have decided that if you're going to only read one book on homeschooling that Teaching From Rest by Sara Mackenzie is it. It is short, simple, and beautifully written. When I first heard the title I assumed that the book was about something along the lines of sitting in bed and teaching school, but it's not.

Teaching from rest is being understanding and staying calm when things don't go the way you think they should go. It also goes into what is more important, that you were a task master and made your kids plow through a bunch of math problems or that maybe you only got through a few math problems, but your kid really understands division?

It also helped remind me about what is most important which is my relationship with my kids. In 10 years from now when my big kids are all out of the house, what do I want them to remember and what do I want our relationship to be?

It is a very Christ centered book and she quotes a lot of scripture throughout. My favorite comparison is Peter walking on the water. He is scared and starts to sink, but Jesus takes his hand and helps him. He is there for us too. Especially when you're just starting homeschool and it can feel like such a daunting task, even like you've been asked to walk on water, but with His help anything is possible.

She also gives ideas on how she runs her day. These didn't apply to me as much because I've been doing it for so long, but it would be very helpful to someone just starting out.

The book is so good that it's one that I will read again to help me to remember to relax and take it one day at a time.

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