So for us, Monday is the big day! Our 8th grader will be heading back to the Christian school she attended several years ago while I continue to homeschool our 6th grader.
I can’t say that I’m ready for summer to be over, though I do love the routine and predictable schedule of the school year. With just a couple of days before school starts, I’m focusing on five ways I can prepare my heart for this back-to-school season.
1. Pray for my children. Not long ago, I mentioned how I’m writing out prayers for our daughters for specific times in their lives. With our oldest daughter returning to school this fall after three years of homeschooling, I’ve been praying these thoughts for her for the last month or more.
Dear God, I pray that her transition back to school will be a smooth one. Please help her find a group of friends who love You and who will be a help to her in her Christian walk. Guard her from wrong influences. Shield her eyes and close her ears to evil.
Give her discernment; help her to make good decisions and wise choices. Grant her courage to stand for right. Protect her physically. Keep her mind sharp so she may learn.
Open up opportunities for service and personal growth. Let her teachers be wise in all they do. Most of all, draw her close to You and teach her to lean on You for strength each day.
2. Prepare a routine. We’ll actually have two routines this year with the different schooling methods, so I’ll be getting one daughter out the door while making sure the other has what she needs to get her school day started at home. We’ll also have to schedule in time for piano practice, homework, after school activities, etc.
3. Plan ahead. This is what I’ll be working on this weekend! I’m making lists of breakfast and lunch items I need to have on hand, deciding what nights that I need to serve slow cooker or very simple meals, making a final list of school supplies, etc.
4. Focus on what really matters. The most important goals for our family this school year are that, as individuals and as a unit, we come to love God and serve others more, and that we maintain our closeness as a family. I don’t want to get so wrapped up in school-related activities that we miss what really counts.
5. Live in this day’s moments. It’s often said, but easily forgotten for me! As much as I don’t want to think about it, I only have five more “first day of school’s” before our oldest is off to college. I want to enjoy and celebrate these days with my precious girls!
Have your children started school yet? How have you been preparing for the transition from summer to school?