Teaching from Rest: a Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace {giveaway}

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I have a giveaway today for my homeschooling readers: one Simple Kids reader will win a bundle from Sarah at Amongst the Lovely Things for her new book Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace.

I’m in the middle of reading this book myself and I think it has an important and timely message for homeschooling parents as we are in the middle of planning and preparing for next year.

{this giveaway is now CLOSED and a winner will be announced soon.  Thanks!}


I’m in the middle of the “rest” season right now – enjoying Summer, some downtime, and recharging and feeling like I  have energy again after the toll the school year can take on me. I won’t lie friends, it felt like we came to the end of this year with a whimper and not a bang.

And yet, after a few weeks of rest and relaxing I find myself once again looking forward to the year ahead, getting excited about back to school.

From a place of rest, I can see the joy and I look forward to starting homeschool again – even the messy, noisy, less than perfect days. In fact, with the perspective rest brings, I can see that in some cases those were among our best days of the school year.

Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable PeaceWhat if you could carry that rested, content feeling and perspective into the school years ahead?

What if we let go of perfection and instead embrace peace, even on those off the rails, totally crazy train days?*

*Ozzy Osbourne and a beautiful book about faith for homeschoolers in one post. Who thought I could pull that one off?

I’ll be sharing my plans for our 2014-2015 school year in a future post, but I can share that I know I want things to be different. I don’t want to be teaching, or parenting for that matter, from a place of burnout.

I want to be able to reach my kids from a place of rest, a place of happiness, a place of peace.

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I think Sarah’s book is a valuable tool for that process. For me, I struggle with remembering that God isn’t asking me to be successful but rather, as the book reminds, instead He’s asking me to be faithful.

When my well planned day and lesson plans written on pretty paper turn into a circus and it seems like the whole darn thing is going right off the rails, (I know you know exactly what kind of days I’m talking about) it is very tempting to wonder why exactly I’m doing this in the first place.

“…it’s more than math. It’s more than history. It’s the building up of our children’s minds and hearts …” – Teaching from Rest

Oh, yes. There’s a part of my reason: those minds and hearts, the children who mean the world to me. There’s my WHY. Now, here’s a book to add to my tool chest for the days when the doubt creeps back in.

Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable Peace

The Giveaway

Sarah is generously giving one Simple Kids reader a bundle that includes a copy of the Teaching from Rest ebook, audio files, and companion journal.

To Enter:

To enter leave a comment on this post (if you’re reading this via email, come to the blog to enter) answering this question: what helps you to remember the WHY behind your homeschool?

This giveaway will end at midnight EST on Saturday, July 5, 2014. Good luck!

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Don’t want to wait? You can pick up a copy of Teaching from Rest here (note: there’s special discount code for SIMPLEKIDS good for 15% off through July 6, 2014)

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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  1. The thing that helps me remember the “why” behind me home schooling is just looking at my boys and seeing their tender hearts. For me, creating a safe space for those tender hearts to be cared for and cultivated especially during these early years is the core reason I home school.
    Katie May´s latest post: Laying Down My Isaac: When Surrender Means the Death of a Dream

  2. I would love to read this book. I listen to Sarah’s podcast every other week and enjoy the interviews. I think something that helps me remember the WHY of why we homeschool are those super enjoyable mornings where we read on the couch together for a long time, and then the kids are off to play for hours on end together…in that time I can do my own studying or writing and I feel “ahhh everything is peaceful” feeling of us all being engaged in what we’re into at the moment.
    Sarah M
    Sarah M´s latest post: Birthday Boy’s Big Summer Day

  3. My little guy is only 3, so we aren’t in the full swing of schooling yet. But when I think that we aren’t doing enough, I remind myself that its not about doing things. its about building a relationship with him, and inviting him along on my journey of learning.

    I’d enjoy this book, for sure! And I plan to go check out Sarah more, as somehow I’ve missed her stuff until now. Thanks!
    Mama Rachael´s latest post: A Eulogy to a water bottle

  4. Wendi S says:

    Taking a break from our studies {we’ve been off for about 4 weeks now} helps me to slow down and re-evaluate how we do things in our homeschool. I’ve seen so many wonderful reviews of this ebook…I’d love to win a copy!

  5. What helps me remember the why is when I realize how quickly they are growing and how short this season really is.

  6. The goal is heaven not Harvard….that keeps me going!!

  7. When I pause and take time to really notice my kids, either through listening to them or by journaling about our days, I always am astounded by something they teach me, and then I remember WHY.
    Wendy´s latest post: 6 frugal ways we’re beating garden pests this summer

  8. I try to think about what it would be like if I did not do things the way we do them. Usually that reminds me why I am here.

  9. Julie W says:

    Like-minded friends are helpful for reminding me of the “why” of homeschooling. Blogs like this and like Sarah’s are also helpful for the reminder that our decision to homeschool is about more than just the academics.

  10. This sounds like a wonderful resource, especially since we are expecting our third little one to join us in the fall. What helps me remember the why is really my kids. Seeing the joy in their faces when they figure out something new makes all the struggles worth it :-)
    Heather´s latest post: garden happenings

  11. Amanda Desnoyers says:

    Having support, both from friends, books and blogs, and constant reminders from the Lord!

  12. Christine says:

    Reading encouraging blog posts, celebrating milestones together, looking back at photos, all help me remember the WHY.

  13. I have a collection of about 4-5 foundation books that I have dog eared and underlined. A couple of times a year, I pull out those books and review the ideas that have informed our homeschooling values. I assess then if they are still indeed our values and if so, are we still in sync with them.

  14. remembering how it was before homeschooling

  15. This fall I’ll be starting homeschooling for the first time, so all of the whys are in the front of my mind as I mentally confirm why we’re choosing this over public school. I’m excited and nervous and have no idea how to start.

  16. Lawana Gray says:

    I remember whenever I consider putting my girls in school. I remember when I see my oldest discover a new interest. I remember when I read the words of others walking similar paths and how they struggle also. I am not alone.

  17. Our daughter is the reason. She asked to start homeschooling for third grade and is now finishing her freshman year of high school .

  18. The “Ah-Ha!” moments. The “Mama, did you know …,” ooh and watching the older kids teach the younger one a lesson we reviewed just days before (their ears WERE open after all! 😉
    I along with 20 other parents collaborated and created our own charter school, http://www.goldenoakmontessori.org. We have been able to offer private montessori school quality learning for free from grades 1-8. With 200 kids enrolled this year it is wonderful to see the “love of learning” alive and well in forthcoming generations.
    Thank you Kara, for filling my cup with inspiration and asking me valuable questions to remind me why I do what I do!
    Laugh hard. Love strong. Live to serve.
    Kimberly Crawford

  19. We don’t homeschool yet, but the moments of seeing my kids discover something are a big part of why I want to.

  20. Meg Bonos says:

    The why happens each night when we crawl into bed to read and two hours later we are still talking and learning from each other.
    We just finished our first year homeschooling out five kids and whew I need to learn more about this journey.

  21. Steph J says:

    I’m not sure I’m eligible here, as we are right now torn between public school kindergarten and homeschool for my 5 year old. This book appeals to me because, bottom line, the one reason I hesitate to homeschool is fear of damaging our relationship! We can grate on each other, in spite of our love. And when I try to do some sort of organized activity, I feel like all I get is pushback, and I think “but I’m doing this for you!” and get bitter…Finding a way to instead approach it from rest, instead of anxiety (which contributes to the “grating”, I’m sure), might be the answer for me. Thanks!

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