When I wrote this year’s Back to School post (Covering Your Student in Prayer), I had completely forgotten about writing this post last year. All of us at RSHTH are busy moms/grandmas/teachers/women/
Bam! All of sudden it hit me. It came out of nowhere. What was it? The start of a new school year. I mean, didn’t school just let out yesterday? Geez. And I have to deal with this for many more years! Naomi is starting 1st grade, Adah is starting pre-kindergarten and I didn’t know that it wasn’t going to get better each year. I was under the impression that once I survived the emotions of kindergarten, it would only get easier. Nope. I now have 1st grade emotions busting my theory. :/ Each year is just going to bring an older child who is growing up way too fast! I’m an emotional Mommy!
I’m not a homeschooling mama, though it’s always a future possibility. My girls attend a small public school and so far we love it. Regardless of whether it’s public or home school, when it comes to ‘Back to School,’ there is one school supply that every child needs….Prayer!
As parents, it is our duty to cover our children with prayer. And although this should be a constant, it should be even more so during the school year.
I remember during my school days the stress of homework, tests, and peer pressure. I couldn’t wait to be done with school! It wasn’t until I was graduated/married/a mother/having to pay bills/an ADULT that I realized being in school was one of the easiest times in my life.
In reality, was it really easy? No. To my adult life it seems that it was easier than the things I deal with in my life now. But to my childhood self, it was definitely hard.
Hard? As a child? Yes. Think about it. Children are naturally people pleasers. They want to please their parents, teachers, coaches, pastors, youth pastors, et c. Children do not want to let anyone down. Grades must be kept up, homework must be done, tests must be passed. And this doesn’t even compare to peer pressure! Children want to fit in and be accepted. I know we all remember the days of wanting the best clothes, cutest back pack, et c. A particular memory I have is begging my parents for contacts the summer between 6th and 7th grade. “No one in junior high wears glasses!!! I cannot go to 7th grade unless I have contacts!” When I look back I can’t help but laugh at how silly that was; but in my 12 year old mind, that was a legitimate issue and I would’ve been devastated if my mom didn’t let me get contacts.
Then there’s the fact that not all parents are alike. Not all children are being led by Godly (or even good) parents. Children are easily influenced and their influences rub off on other kids. I’ll never forget the day Naomi came home from preschool sad because her friend’s dad was taken to jail the night before. Even though I was shocked at what was true information being shared with Naomi by her 4 year old friend, I had to remember that we have no clue what’s going on in anyone else’s home life. Thankfully, Naomi asked to pray for her friend, and I realized I was doing something right.
When it comes to our school years versus our lives now, it’s easy for us to laugh off or simply ignore the things our little ones face everyday. We may see their problems as small, yet at this point in their lives, mole hills may be mountains to them. Prayer is vital!
Don’t just pray for your child. Pray for their friends. Pray for their teachers. Pray for yourselves and other parents. Pray for safety. Pray that your child remains stress free. Pray that they shine the light of Jesus. Pray that they excel in learning. Pray that they can grasp understanding in difficult subjects. Pray that they always believe in themselves. Pray that they remain well-behaved. Pray that they are kind to others.
When gathering school supplies for your little ones this year, please don’t forget to grab a Without Ceasing dose of prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17)!
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As far as homeschool goes, it is always on the back burner for our family as an option. If we feel God call us to homeschool, we will definitely surrender, but at this point in time we are very blessed to have our children in the school system they are in. Not everyone can homeschool for various reasons. Some simply are not called to homeschool. This post is geared mostly towards those with kids in public school systems, however, it may be beneficial to homeschoolers, as well. In fact, I’ve decided it’s beneficial for all parents to know how to cover your students/children in prayer, regardless of where they attend school….so read on! 🙂
Everyday I pray for my children when they go to school. I pray that God would keep His hands of protection upon my children and their school. I ask that He would lift up their teachers, also…..that they would live Godly lives, being a Godly example to my girls.
My girls have been back in school for about a month now, and one day as I was praying that God would place a hedge of protection around my children, it hit me that I needed to be praying this prayer spiritually just as much as physically. A spiritual hedge of protection is much needed in their lives!
It’s not easy, as parents, to entrust our children to other adults for such a length of time. We never fully know what they may encounter or what spirits they may be subjected to when dealing with other adults and administration in their school systems. Or even from other children they may interact with. Actually, this statement applies to any time our children are outside of our own supervision, school or wherever.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
We need to realize that the enemy has agents lurking in every curve and corner of this world. It is our job to point them to God and train them how to live Godly lives, but what about when we aren’t with them? No parent is with their child 24/7. We must do our best to teach them when they are with us, but when they are not with us, we still have power over the enemy concerning our children. How? We must keep them covered in prayer!
Yes, pray for their physical well-being. But please, if you aren’t already, begin to pray for their spiritual well-being. It is vital that they learn to follow the word of God and the leading of the Spirit. It is crucial that they get a grasp of what is right over what is wrong. It is critical that we teach them how important it is to have a relationship with God because that is where our wisdom lies. He can give us discernment. Little ones may not fully understand that, but they can understand an inkling or a nudge that something just isn’t right. When this happens, we need them to know that WE need to know.
Just imagine the battles that we, as adults, war within our own minds. Now realize how much greater the battles are in the minds of our children because the world is being thrown at them in a magnified way. I love the quote that says, “If we don’t teach our children to follow Christ, the world will teach them not to.” How true this statement is!
“If we don’t teach our children to follow Christ, the world will teach them not to.” -Unknown
Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Pastors, Youth Pastors, Teachers…..I beg of you, keep your students covered in prayer!
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I don’t know about those of you that homeschool, but for me this is a crazy time of year. I scramble around trying to figure out what I’m going to do this next year and how to make it all flow smoothly. One great tool that helps me pull it all together is a planner.
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine & SchoolhouseTeachers.com (An amazing homeschool resource website owned by The Old Schoolhouse Magazine) has been gracious to offer 1 “Big Mama” planner and 1 student planner to one of our readers!
These thorough planners are PDF editable format and can be printed out as many times as needed. All planners are available for purchase individually on SchoolhouseTeachers.com, however if you are a member, you can enjoy them for free! The cost of membership is $3 for the first month, and $12.95 every month after that. Another option would be to join for a year at the rate of $139 and receive some extra goodies.
The “Big Mama” Schoolhouse Planner ($39) would be the planner for the teacher in your home. However, it is not only for homeschooling. It also contains forms for your home management binder to help run your household. The 2013-2014 Schoolhouse Planner, according to the SchoolhouseTeachers.com website (Though owning the planner myself, I can verify), contains the following:
There are 4 other planners available for students. They are as follows:
The Special Learner’s Schoolhouse Planner ($29) is a great option for those who have children with special needs. I plan on using this planner, along with the “Big Mama” planner, this year as I have a child with moderate-severe autism among other things. Features of this planner are:
The Primary Schoolhouse Planner ($9.95) is another planner I’m excited to be using this school year. My son desperately needs to learn organization and how to keep track of things. It includes:
The Intermediate Schoolhouse Planner ($19) is a great tool for your 5th – 8th graders to learn more responsibility and keep organized. It comes packed with:
Finally, The High School Schoolhouse Planner is a resource that can help prepare your teen for adulthood. Inside, you will find:
So what are you waiting for? Enter in the Rafflecopter below! Again, one winner will receive 1 Big Mama planner and their choice of 1 student planner. This giveaway will be ending on Saturday, July 13th, so don’t delay!
My 3 year old, Adah, started preschool on the 15th. I was instructed by her on more than one occasion to not cry. “Mommy, you’re not gonna cry. You’re not. ‘Member I told you the other day you are not gonna cry.” Guess what? I didn’t. I couldn’t help but smile at her excitement. She just couldn’t wait to go play and have fun.
I was honestly worried. My entire morning’s entertainment was now going to be gone to preschool, and I’m still sad about that. I’d much rather watch Dinosaur Train with her than by myself (no, I didn’t watch it without her being there, geez!). But let me tell you, in her first 30 minutes home, she more than made up for it. She sang for me the songs that she learned (almost word for word) about dinosaurs and fish. She told me that she had “ba-sketti” for lunch and that she got to wave at sissy. She said she looked at a spider with a magnifying glass and she pooted in class. Yes. Adah poots. She thinks it is hilarious and she gets it from her daddy.
As I was getting ready to walk her to the door on Day 2, she said, “I’m so excited! I’m gonna go hang my backpack up!” I had to make her turn around and come back to me so I could give her a hug!
Long story short- Naomi and Adah are having a blast and are learning so much. They are handling it well…..and so is Mommy. I even had time to write without interruption–which is unusual–but I’d welcome that interruption if it meant they were here. Thanks for your prayers! And keep them up because they are working.
Most parents teach their children about brushing their teeth, taking a bath, (whether it be the night before or morning of), brushing their hair, etc… I have found that a child has a better day if they feel good about themselves. If your child is old enough for deodorant, please make sure that they have one for themselves. They are only a $1 at the dollar store. It’s very embarrassing to a child to know that they have body odor, especially if they know that not only themselves can smell it, but everyone around them.
I know that most children do not like to have their hair fixed much. Just a simple “combing” for a boy or a plain ponytail or headband for a girl is sufficient enough. If a child has an “un-kept” appearance, they are prone to have low self-confidence. You can afford for your child to appear to be well kept. It improves their over all appearance.
Remind your child to keep their combs, hair barrettes, etc. away from other children. The beginning of the school year is one of the times that lice happens to spread. Ponytails or buns are best for little girls, also spraying hairspray in your child’s hair. (Lice do not like dirty hair.)
No sharing lipsticks, chap sticks, or make up in general. They carry germs on them and if your warn your child not to share these things, there will be less of a chance to get sick.
Our middle school students have gym class everyday, to promote good health and physical activity. I have a son who is almost 12 and just happens to be going to middle school this year. He will have to take gym clothes every day to change into. I have prepared his gym bag with:
Most middle school girls may have started their period by now. If so, there is no worse feeling, (in middle school years), as having your period while in school. For a little self-assurance, have your daughter take a purse size pack of wipes, so that she can “clean up” during her bathroom breaks. If her flow is heavy, she can discreetly carry a plastic bag with an extra pair of panties in them, placed inside another bag, such as one for make up, in her purse, if a change is necessary. That way, she won’t be embarrassed and only she will know about it.
Hopefully, you can get some use out of these tips and get your child’s school year off to a great start!
Well, it’s official. My oldest has started kindergarten. I took it better than I thought I would, but I’m still not very excited. :/ Naomi absolutely loves school and learning, and thoroughly enjoyed preschool. She’s the type that wants to do homework. She’s been ready for kindergarten since preschool ended.
I wasn’t this emotional during preschool, but preschool wasn’t all day everyday. AND as Naomi is starting kindergarten, Adah is also going to be starting preschool. This mommy needs prayer!! It was one thing to have one child in school, but now that both will be going (even though Adah’s is only half a day), I’m trying to keep my emotional wreck in check. Adah keeps telling me, “Mommy, when school is over and you pick us up, you’ll still get to see us.” Remind me to remind her of that when she has kids. :p
Naomi did a great job on her first day yesterday, but my heart about broke this morning when I dropped her off (second day). Mommy and Daddy got to walk her in on day one, but not on day two. As I started to pull forward from the drop off, I noticed her pause before she turned to go in. She had this look on her face that said, “I don’t know what I’m supposed to do, Mom!” and I could tell she was starting to cry. It was so hard for me to leave her in the care of the school/staff. Instead I wanted to run to her and scoop her up in my arms and take her back home with me, but I couldn’t. However, I am blessed to have her in a school system with wonderful staff/teachers that called to let me know she got into class fine and was having a great day. I know it’s going to be a wonderful year and she’s going to love kindergarten, but I’m still struggling with handing her over.
That being said, I’m praying for all of you parents/guardians out there who are dealing with these same emotional feelings. Especially you stay at home parents that are used to having your kids around most of the time. You’ll have to pray for me, too!
Even though things are changing, one thing will definitely stay the same- I’m going to keep my girls enrolled in “Mommy School.” Despite the fact that I don’t have a teaching degree, I’m still their most important teacher. At least I can find a little comfort in that!
The back-to-school season is exciting for some and scary for others. Some kids are “naturally” friendly when it comes to introducing themselves to others. For some kids, not so much. It can be overly mortifying for the ones whom are shy or so called backwards. If you have a child who tends to be outgoing, instill into them to be friendly to those who need their attention.
In today’s society, children can be mean. Bullying has become the norm in most schools. Especially if you don’t have the right clothes, the right last name, or play that certain sport.
One instance that sticks out in my mind, took place a few years ago, when my oldest daughter was in 3rd grade. I was subbing on this day and was having cafeteria duty at breakfast time. I watched as Josie and several of her classmates were sitting down, some talking and some eating. Another boy from their grade had just got his breakfast tray and sat down to join them. To my dismay, I watched in brokenness, as every child got up from that table and moved to another one because they didn’t want him to sit with them. All except my daughter, Josie. I watched in proud amazement as Josie got up with her tray and went to sit down right next to the boy. That was a moment I will never forget and was so glad that I had the opportunity to watch it from afar.
So as your child or children are preparing to go back to school, prepare them to show love and friendship to everyone that they come across. Not only the students but teachers and support staff as well. They may be the only way that some children get to see God and His ways.
Prayer is the key to success in all areas in life. Child hood education is so crucial to prosperity in adult hood. Obviously, we as parents all pray for the little minds of our little ones (and bigger ones!) to be able to absorb, find patience, and not be stressed. That their grades be good and their studies come easily to them. But often, as the school year begins, we forget about so many other factors we should be praying for.
I’m guilty for this also…
I’ve begun to make a list of items to pray over my children (both homeschooled and public schooled) as they begin this next school year… and to go over again every morning.
What about you? Do you have a “prayer list” for the year? Have something I should add to my list? Feel free to share!