Dear treasured homeschooling families,

A brand-new school year is upon us, unfolding like the petals of a morning bloom. And with it, the promise of fresh beginnings, uncharted explorations, and abundant learning. With every new chapter, it’s natural to feel a mix of exhilaration and a slight tinge of overwhelm.

Remember, every great adventure starts with a single step, and it’s okay if that step feels a bit wobbly.

Finding the Balance
It’s tempting to want to dive right in and tackle everything at once. But as the saying goes, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Starting the school year is similar. Prioritize tasks, pace yourselves, and allow room for flexibility. Not every day will go as planned, and that’s completely okay.

Routine, not Rigidity
Establishing a routine is wonderful, but ensure it serves as a gentle guide rather than a rigid rulebook. Some days, you might leap ahead, while other times you’ll want to pause and bask in a particular moment of discovery. Allow for these natural ebbs and flows.

You’re Not Alone
You are part of a vast community of homeschooling families, each navigating their unique journey but all connected by shared experiences. Reach out, share stories, and lean on each other. There’s immense strength in unity and understanding.

Celebrate the Small Wins
Every bit of progress, every light bulb moment, every newly learned fact or skill is worth celebrating. These small victories culminate in a grand success story by year’s end.

Embrace Growth
With every challenge faced, remember that growth is often disguised as a hurdle. Welcome it, learn from it, and move forward with newfound wisdom.

As you embark on this fresh academic voyage, remember to breathe, laugh, and cherish the small moments. The beauty of homeschooling lies not just in the academic achievements, but in the shared experiences, the bonding, and the countless memories made.

Wishing you a year filled with wonder, learning, and the perfect blend of challenges and joys. Here’s to avoiding overwhelm and embracing the beautiful journey of homeschooling!


Kara Parkins