Last weekend, I went to the homeschool conference in Greenville, SC with a purpose – to be inspired and to choose a Language Arts curriculum for both Wilson and Faith. If you have never been to a homeschool conference then I can describe it for you in two words: motivational and overwhelming. There are two parts to a conference…1. speakers 2. the vendor hall.
Each hour at a conference there are ten different speakers that a parent can go and listen to. The speakers are amazing and motivational. They are usually professors, brain scientists, or seasoned homeschool moms or dads (or a combination of all three). I love getting tips from them about how to homeschool many children of different ages, how to handle strong-willed children, or how to better teach math without arguing with your kid. They are “motivational”.
Now, the vendor hall is absolutely “overwhelming”. There is a huge gym filled with over a hundred vendors selling games, curriculum, videos, books, etc. The first time I walked into the vendor hall I just turned back around and walked back out. It was super intense. This time, however, I walked in and started to survey the situation. I knew that I needed some language arts curriculum for my kids. I have failed them terribly in terms of LA. We do spelling and handwriting, but I don’t teach them how to analyze books or how to do reading comprehension. It is not my strong suit.
I must preface this by telling you that over the last week, I had been praying for wisdom. It says in James 1:5 that “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” I trust in that verse and have been seeking God’s wisdom so that I know where to go next. I took that verse with me last weekend and prayed for wisdom every step of the way. I prayed about which speaker to go see and which curriculum I should buy. I knew that I couldn’t do it on my own….I needed God to guide and direct my steps.
I ended up going to listen to a few speakers (one about strong-willed children which was fantastic), and then I hit the curriculum hall. I found some books about how to play chess, which will be super helpful, if I ever get around to using them. Wilson loves chess and I need to be able to teach him some strategy. In the end, I talked to over 5 different curriculum companies, took their pamphlets and then prayed over it all while I ate a few oranges. I asked God to guide my steps. I ended up going back over to the Bob Jones table to look at their LA curriculum again. As I began to talk to one lady, I noticed that there was a girl working there that I knew. She ran the co-op that I planned to attend a few weeks later. I talked to her about their virtual learning and was sold. I spent a pretty penny on that curriculum for Wilson and Faith, but I knew that a teacher on the TV would be significantly better at teaching LA than I would. I felt as if God had led me to the right booth and put a familiar face at it to help me along.
I knew that God was there with me nudging me along that day. He knows better than I do what the kids need, and what I need. Being away for the day and going to the conference was a blessing in, and of, itself. Being led by the Holy Spirit was another blessing. I am looking forward to using the new curriculum that I bought that day. It is greatly needed in our homeschool and I am thankful that I have the ability to buy it and give the kids what they need, and I need.