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The Wuehler FamilyWe love reading books or watching movies involving one-room schoolhouses. In fact, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine branding was birthed out of the concept of that bygone era of communities of parents who worked together or independently to teach their own children in a Godly way.


That peaceful idea of home learning was what I was looking forward to when I started my own one-room, home schoolhouse. I quickly found out that sometimes it looked more like a three-ring circus! In fact, I am overseeing more than three things at the same time all day long. I am the ring leader, the lion tamer, the teacher, the organizer, the janitor, and the refreshment coordinator!


Isn’t this homeschooling life tiring? Definitely. Worth it? Always. Does my house get cleaned and decorated according to the perfect, dreamy visions in my head? Nope. We have interruptions galore, training sessions often, but we press on.


The beauty of homeschooling allows, and almost requires, flexibility in your routine. We must not be disappointed in interruptions, for learning happens wherever you go and whatever you do, for you are always an educator no matter what is happening around you.


YOU are teaching YOUR children like no one else on earth can. Take each day as it comes and thank God your children are home with you and that you are home with your children. And for those days when your strength is exhausted from giving and giving and giving again, to all those little clowns in your circus, remember that your Good Shepherd wants to lead you by still waters and refresh your soul. The only requirement is that you come to Him. Multiple grades in one house can mean multiple challenges. Find peace in your little schoolhouse by going to the Prince of Peace all together. Hang onto Him and you will not lack any good thing.


And take a good, long Christmas break! Rest easy on academics and hug the kids closely a little longer. Peek into their hearts and listen to their stories. Pray together every day this week. Worship the Lord together. Hold hands and give God the glory due His name. Read His Word together every day! Coming to Him like this is where your soul will find the rest it craves.


May the Prince of Peace rule our hearts and homes,




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